George Hickes

(1642—1715) bishop of the nonjuring Church of England and antiquary

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was the acknowledged leader of the first great generation of Anglo‐Saxon scholars which included the Elstobs and Wanley. The climax of his work was the Linguarum Veterum Septentrionalium Thesaurus (1703–5), a comparative grammar of Old English and the related Germanic tongues. Its examination of the manuscript sources of Anglo‐Saxon history had a deep influence upon the study of the whole Old English past.

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