Antiquaries: The Discovery of the Past in Eighteenth Century Britain
By: Rosemary Sweet (author)Paperback
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Eighteenth-century Britain saw an explosion of interest in its own past, a past now expanded to include more than classical history and high politics. Antiquaries, men interested in all aspects of the past, added a distinctive new dimesnion to literature in Georgian Britain in their attempts to reconstruct and recover the past. Corresponding and publishing in an extended network, antiquaries worked at preserving and investigating records and physical remains in England, Scotland and Ireland. In doing so they laid solid foundations for all future study in British prehistory, archaeology and numismatics, and for local and national history as a while. Naturally, they saw the past partly in their own image. While many antiquaries were better at fieldwork and recording than at synthesis, most were neither crabbed eccentrics nor dilettanti. At their best, as in the works of Richard Gough or William Stukeley, antiquaries set new standards of accuracy and perception in fields ranging from the study of ancient Britons to that of medieval architecture. Antiquaries is the definitive account of a great historical enterprise.
Rosemary Sweet is Lecturer in History at the University of Leicester
Chapter 1: The Rise of the Antiquary Chapter 2: People Chapter 3: Antiquarian Societies Chapter 4: The Ancient Britons Chapter 5: The Romans in Britain Chapter 6: The Anglo-Saxons Chapter 7: The Middle Ages Chapter 8: Preservation Chapter 9: Popularisation Chapter 10: Achievement
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