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The AntiquaryJohn Aubrey's Historical Scholarship$
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Kelsey Jackson Williams

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198784296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784296.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.154) Conclusion
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The Antiquary
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Kelsey Jackson Williams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784296.003.0008

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

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