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Thomas Wright

(1810—1877) historian and antiquary


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(1810–77) [Bi]

English antiquary who spent his life editing medieval manuscripts. While an undergraduate at Cambridge he published A history of Essex (1831–6), incorporating archive and archaeological material. Some of his work has since proved to be hasty and careless, but the range is impressive, including papers and volumes on medieval literature, song, and language, as well as major contributions to Anglo‐Saxon studies.

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Dictionary of National Biography, 21, 1045–8

Subjects: Archaeology — Literature.


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