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Conclusion

Kelsey Jackson Williams

in The Antiquary

Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780198784296
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191827808 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784296.003.0008

Series: Oxford English Monographs

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The Conclusion draws together arguments made across this work to place John Aubrey within a tradition of northern European antiquarianism, one exemplified elsewhere by scholars such as the Dane Ole Worm, the Dutchman Marcus Zuerius van Boxhorn, the Swede Olof Rudbeck, and the Frenchman Jean Mabillon. Rooted in the classical world, Aubrey nonetheless devoted the greater part of his life to studying ancient Britain, a near-textless, non-classical ancient past which led him to sources as widely divergent as megaliths, folk customs, and Roman poets. In his polymathy, his fascination with origins, and his concerns over the fleeting nature of historical evidence he can be seen as a case study in the antiquarianism of the seventeenth century.

Keywords: antiquarianism; John Aubrey; northern European antiquarianism; Ole Worm; Olof Rudbeck

Chapter.  3728 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literature

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