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John Stow and nostalgic antiquarianism

Patrick Collinson

in This England

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084423
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702031 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719084423.003.0012
John Stow and nostalgic antiquarianism

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This chapter examines John Stow's selective nostalgia, relating it to a religious position and religious attitudes which were evidently in a process of evolution throughout the forty years of his antiquarian activity. It adds two contrasted points of contemporary reference: Richard Carew's Survey of Cornwall, where present-tenseness contrasts with the past-tenseness of Stow's constantly reiterated ‘of old time’; and William Lambarde's Perambulation of Kent, where the crudest anti-Romanism stands in stark contrast to Stow's religious conservatism. And yet, not only did Lambarde's Perambulation provide Stow with the model for his Survey of London The World We Have Lost. Stow referred to Lambarde as a loving friend: a touching tribute to the latitude of shared antiquarian enthusiasm.

Keywords: Elizabethan London; selective nostalgia; antiquarian activity; Survey of Cornwall; Perambulation of Kent; religious conservatism; William Lambarde; Survey of London

Chapter.  11023 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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