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Pierre Belon
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Pierre Belon was born in La Soultière near Le Mans, probably in 1517. Very little is known about his family and childhood. He was apprenticed to an apothecary, and then gained the support of René du Bellay, Bishop of Le Mans, who made it possible for him to travel to Germany to study at the University of Wittenberg (1540-41). There, he developed a taste for botany under…

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Merle, Alexandra, “Pierre Belon”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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