This concluding chapter returns explicitly to the idea of the defiance of time. It looks forward to the next generation of antiquaries, whose interests tended to be more scientific, and who were themselves often members of the Royal Society. It argues that for these antiquaries, restitution of the past was an altogether harder matter. Their interests were less imaginative and more documentary. The chapter focuses on Thomas Browne, presenting him as a transitional figure between one generation and the next, and traces this shift through his works unre-Buriall and ‘Bramton Urnes’. It argues that defiance of time gradually faded from the scholarly purview.
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