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Brief Lives: John Aubrey and the World of Seventeenth-Century Celebrity

This course investigates the biographical writings of John Aubrey and the lives of the people he wrote about, whether famous, infamous or now forgotten: scientists and scholars, writers and regicides, poets, philosophers, and statesmen.

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2012-10-25 11:12
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Document John Aubrey Reading List

A list of books and other resources useful for students attending this course.

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Link Francis Bacon, New Atlantis (1626)

The text of New Atlantis by Francis Bacon (1626).

Link BBC Portraits by William Dobson

BBC Portraits by William Dobson

Link James Harrington, The Commonwealth of Oceana (1656)

James Harrington's Oceana is one of the most important works of political and constitutional theory produced during the English...

Document Cavalier Poetry

Poems by John Suckling, William Davenant and Edmund Waller

Link The Down Survey of Ireland (William Petty)

Trinity College Dublin project to create a consolidated digital atlas of the 1650s ‘Down Survey of Ireland’ surveyed by William Petty.


Document John Selden, Table Talk,

Quotations from John Selden's Table Talk (1689)

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Link Casebooks Project: Casebooks of Simon Forman and John Dee (1596–1634)

The Casebooks Project aims to make available the astrological records of Simon Forman and Richard Napier — unparalleled resources in the history...

Link William Harvey Du Motu Cordis (1628)

University of Glasgow, book of the month, June 2007, William Harvey's work on the circulation of the blood, Du Motu Cordis.

Link Melvyn Bragg, Radio 4 programme on 'Blood'

 Melvyn Bragg, Radio 4 programme on 'Blood'


Link J. Aubrey, A. Clark, "Brief lives", chiefly of contemporaries, set down by John Aubrey (Clarendon, 1898), (1 of 2 vols: A-H)

The most scholarly version yet available of John Aubrey's manuscript Brief Lives, albeit slightly bowdlerised to suit victorian tastes.


Document Thomas Fuller - Sayings

Some sayings of the historian and clergyman Thomas Fuller.  They're not in the Oxford Book of Quotations, but many of them should be.

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Document Wiltshire witchcraft cases mentioned by John Aubrey

Extracts from W. Notestein, A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 (Baltimore, 1911) and Indictments for witchcraft on the...

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Link Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick - A Good Woman and a Great Lady

An article from History Today, by Lady Antonia Fraser

Link Autobiography of Mary countess of Warwick. Ed., with introduction and notes (1848)

Full text of the 1848 edition of the autobiography of Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick - from

Document Some 17th century clerical jokes from Nicholas Le Strange's Jest Book

Some 17th century clerical jokes from Nicholas Le Strange's Jest Book, published as Nicholas Le Strange, Lippincott, Merry Jeasts, 1974...

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Document Week 1 powerpoint slides: John Aubrey's Life and Art

Powerpoint slides from week 1 for the use of students.

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