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Salerno is a town in southern Italy, in the region of Campania, just beyond Naples. For a time it was a major centre of learning during the Middle Ages and was home to a medical school from at least the 10th century onwards which was famous throughout Europe. However, the town found itself frequently caught in the middle of political and military struggles and slowly lost influence to Naples. By the 16th century the town was in steady decline, reinforced further by outbreaks of plague and a number of earthquakes during the mid 17th century. From an English merchant at Naples Bargrave acquired a small gold ring, sadly now missing, linked to Thomas Aquinas who had spent time at Salerno. As Bargrave noted, 'goldsmiths of the place, for their profit, make thousands of these rings'.

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