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Author Parry, Graham.

Title The trophies of time : English antiquarians of the seventeenth century / Graham Parry.

Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  941.06 PARR    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-374) and index.
Contents 1. William Camden -- 2. Richard Verstegan -- 3. Sir Robert Cotton -- 4. John Selden -- 5. James Ussher -- 6. Sir Henry Spelman and William Somner -- 7. John Weever -- 8. Sir William Dugdale -- 9. A Mid-century Miscellany: Thomas Browne, William Burton, and Thomas Fuller -- 10. John Aubrey -- 11. Phoenicia Britannica -- 12. Britannia Revised.
Summary The Trophies of Time presents the first comprehensive survey of the English antiquarians of the seventeenth century.
In Britain throughout the period there was a persistent curiosity about the origins of the nation and its institutions, inspired initially by the publication in 1586 of Camden's Britannia. A remarkable campaign of scholarship developed, which attempted to imagine the vanished societies that had once flourished there. What could be known of prehistoric Britain from its monuments and language? Could the lay-out of Roman Britain be recovered? Was it possible somehow to retrieve the language, religion, and laws of Saxon England? The answers to these questions often had a bearing on contemporary issues of church and state and also enabled citizens to gain a new insight into the character and identity of their nation. Many of the most learned men of the age addressed themselves to antiquarian learning. This book assesses their achievements, and presents lively and fascinating portraits of Camden, Cotton, Selden, Spelman, Ussher, Dugdale, Aubrey, and many other lesser-known scholars.
Subject Historiography -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Prehistoric peoples -- England -- Historiography.
Antiquarians -- England.
Great Britain -- History -- To 1066 -- Historiography.
England -- History, Local -- Historiography.
ISBN 0198129629 (acid-free paper)

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