William Dugdale, Historian, 1605-1686

William Dugdale, Historian, 1605-1686

His Life, his Writings and His County

Edited by Christopher Dyer, Catherine Richardson


Boydell Press



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.


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