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The Trophies of Time

English Antiquarians of the Seventeenth Century

The Trophies of Time by Graham 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 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 thelanguage, 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 toantiquarian enquiry and this book presents lively and fascinating portraits of Camden, Cotton, Selden, Spelman, Ussher, Dugdale, Aubrey, and many other lesser-known scholars.
OUP Oxford; February 1996
395 pages; ISBN 9780191567155
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Title: The Trophies of Time
Author: Graham Parry
 
ISBNs
0191567159
9780191567155
9780198129622