The Introduction opens with a reconstruction of Aubrey’s first engagement with ancient monuments: his 1649 ‘discovery’ of Avebury. It explains how Aubrey’s interest in the neglected Wiltshire stone circle could qualify him as an antiquary and briefly traces the evolution of antiquarianism in Europe up to Aubrey’s time, including the changing meaning of the word ‘antiquary’ itself. Surveying Aubrey’s life and works it discusses the existing literature concerning them and locates the present work within that tradition as well as outlining its principal arguments. It then outlines the subsequent chapters, explaining the threads connecting Aubrey’s archaeological scholarship to his studies of folklore, his biographies, and his philological manuscripts.
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