William Dugdale, Historian, 1605-1686

February 2009
55 black and white illustrations
264 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843834434
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

William Dugdale, Historian, 1605-1686

His Life, his Writings and His County

Edited by Christopher Dyer, Catherine Richardson

New survey of the work and influence of William Dugdale, the seventeenth-century historian and antiquarian.
William Dugdale (1605-86) was a leading antiquarian, well-known among historians of the period. His Antiquities of Warwickshire is regarded as a pioneering work. Here, leading authorities consider how Dugdale set about his work as an antiquary/local historian, and how he interacted with the society and political life of this county at a troubled time.The book also examines Warwickshire life in his day.

CHRISTOPHER DYER, CBE is Professor of Regional and Local History at the University of Leicester; CATHERINE RICHARDSON is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Kent.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Christopher Dyer
The Antiquities of Warwickshire - Graham Parry
Unreliable Witness: Sir William Dugdale and the Perils of Autobiography - Jan Broadway
William Dugdale and the Civil War - Ann L Hughes
'Ordering and Methodizing': William Dugdale in Restoration England - Caroline Archer-Parré / Book Reviews
William Dugdale and the Honour Politics of Stuart Warwickshire - Richard P Cust
Gentry Culture in the Seventeenth Century - Vivienne Larminie
Dugdale and the Warwickshire Country House - Geoffrey Tyack
'The Rich Man in his Castle...' Late Seventeenth-Century Warwickshire Socie ty - Nat Alcock
Sir Richard Newdigate and the 'Great Survey' of Chilvers Coton: Fiscal Seigneurialism in late Seventeenth-Century Warwickshire - Steve Hindle
Warwickshire Towns in the Age of Dugdale - Peter Borsay
Material Culture in Early Modern Warwick - Catherine Richardson
Conclusion - Christopher Dyer


[An] enjoyable and delightfully illustrated book. [...] This is an interesting collection, and will be indispensable for students of both Dugdale and his county. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
[An] impressive collection of essays. THE LOCAL HISTORIAN
A splendid collection of twelve essays on Dugdale's life and writings, set in the context of his county of Warwick. [...] This well-directed and invaluable volume is drawn together by C.C. Dyer's introduction and conclusion. NORTHERN HISTORY