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The Antiquary: John Aubrey's Historical Scholarship

Kelsey Jackson Williams


John Aubrey (1626–1697), antiquary, natural philosopher, and virtuoso, is best remembered today for his Brief Lives, biographies of his contemporaries filled with luminous detail which have been mined for anecdotes by generations of scholars. However, Aubrey was much more than merely the hand behind an invaluable source of biographical material; he was also the author of thousands of pages of manuscript notebooks covering everything from the origins of Stonehenge to the evolution of folklore. This work studies these manuscripts in full for the first time and, in doing so, explores the intellec ... More

Keywords: antiquarianism, archaeology, biography, Brief Lives, history of scholarship, intellectual history, John Aubrey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198784296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelsey Jackson Williams, author
University of St Andrews