The Trophies of Time: English Antiquarians of the Seventeenth Century

Paperback | November 12, 2007

byGraham Parry

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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 hadonce 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 oncontemporary 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 enquiry and this book presents lively and fascinating portraits of Camden, Cotton,Selden, Spelman, Ussher, Dugdale, Aubrey, and many other lesser-known scholars.

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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 schol...

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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 schola...

Graham Parry is at the Department of English, University of York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:394 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:November 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199234272

ISBN - 13:9780199234271

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`a useful chronological survey of the work of the main English antiquarians of the seventeenth century'Northern History