Brief Lives
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336 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: First Person Singular

Imprint: Boydell Press

Brief Lives

by John Aubrey and Richard Barber

Edited by Richard Barber

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Full edition in modern spelling of Aubrey's racy portraits of greatfigures of 16-17c England, from Sir Walter Raleigh to John Milton.
John Aubrey's racy portraits of the great figures of 17th-centuryEngland stand alongside Pepys's diary as a vivid evocation of theperiod. Aubrey was born in 1626, the son of a Wiltshire squire; at theage of 26 he inherited a family estate encumbered with debt, andfinally went bankrupt in the 1670s. From then on he led a sociable,rootless existence at the houses of friends - from Oxford and theMiddle Temple -pursuing the antiquarian studies which hadalwaysobsessed him. At his death in 1697 he left a mass of notes andmanuscripts, among them the material for Brief Lives. He nevermanaged to put even a single life into logical order; all we have arethe raw materials, scribbled down -`tumultuously as they occurred to mythoughts'.
With this full, modern English edition, whichreproduces Aubrey's words as closely as possible, Richard Barberintroduces us to Aubrey and his world, tells how theLives cameinto being and enables many new readers to enjoy this eccentricmasterpiece.

RICHARD BARBER has had a huge influence on the study of medieval history and literature, as both a writer and a publisher. His first book on the Arthurian legend appeared in 1961, and his major works include The Knight and Chivalry (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award in 1971), Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, The Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe and The Holy Grail: the History of a Legend which was widely praised and was translated into six languages.

RICHARD BARBER has had a huge influence on the study of medieval history and literature, as both a writer and a publisher. His first book on the Arthurian legend appeared in 1961, and his major works include The Knight and Chivalry (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award in 1971), Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, The Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe and The Holy Grail: the History of a Legend which was widely praised and was translated into six languages.

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9781843831129

October 2004

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Title Details

336 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: First Person Singular

Imprint: Boydell Press