William Camden (1551-1623), antiquary, historian, herald, and schoolmaster at Westminster School was a founder member of the Society of Antiquaries, and a pioneering scholar of British antiquities. Perhaps the most English famous scholar of his day, celebrated throughout the European republic of letters. Camden’s Britannia was the first comprehensive chorographical survey of Britain and Ireland, while his Annals of the reign of Elizabeth I, the earliest complete history of the Queen’s reign, was a landmark piece of historical writing, hailed as the first ‘modern’ work of history by an English author. 2023 is the four hundredth anniversary of Camden’s death, and a timely moment to revisit Camden’s life and work, and the many legacies of his scholarship.
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