Aubrey's Brief Lives

Author: John Aubrey

Publisher: Random House


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RUTH SCURR John Aubrey was a modest man, a self-styled antiquarian and the man who invented modern biography. His ‘lives’ of the prominent figures of his generation and the Elizabethan era, including Shakespeare, Milton and Sir Walter Raleigh, have been plundered by historians for centuries for their frankness and fascinating detail. Collected here are all of Aubrey’s biographical writings, a series of unforgettable portraits of the characters of his day, still more alive and kicking than in any conventional work of history.

Brief Lives

Author: John Aubrey

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

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Full edition in modern spelling of Aubrey's racy portraits of great figures of 16-17c England, from Sir Walter Raleigh to John Milton.

John Aubrey

My Own Life

Author: Ruth Scurr

Publisher: Random House


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD This is the autobiography that John Aubrey never wrote. You may not know his name. Aubrey was a modest man, a gentleman-scholar who cared far more for the preservation of history than for his own legacy. But he was a passionate collector, an early archaeologist and the inventor of modern biography. With all the wit, charm and originality that characterises her subject, Ruth Scurr has seamlessly stitched together John Aubrey’s own words to tell his life story and a captivating history of seventeenth-century England unlike any other. 'A game-changer in the world of biography' Mary Beard 'Ingenious' Hilary Mantel 'Irresistible' Philip Pullman


Author: John Aubrey



Category: Great Britain


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450 Years of an Oxford College Community

Author: Clare Hopkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Architecture

Page: 500

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Trinity is one of Oxford's most beautiful colleges, a close community set in four acres of gardens in the centre of the City. This book focuses on the lives of ordinary Fellows, students, and servants of the College, and uses many contemporary records and early prints and photographs. It tells the story of how one small college of celibate priests has been shaped by national and world events over the past 450 years, and how it has evolved into the centre of education and research that it is today. Publication will coincide with the 450th anniversary of the foundation of the College in 2005.

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Mathematics

Author: Eleanor Robson

Publisher: OUP Oxford


Category: Mathematics

Page: 926

View: 394

This Handbook explores the history of mathematics under a series of themes which raise new questions about what mathematics has been and what it has meant to practise it. It addresses questions of who creates mathematics, who uses it, and how. A broader understanding of mathematical practitioners naturally leads to a new appreciation of what counts as a historical source. Material and oral evidence is drawn upon as well as an unusual array of textual sources. Further, the ways in which people have chosen to express themselves are as historically meaningful as the contents of the mathematics they have produced. Mathematics is not a fixed and unchanging entity. New questions, contexts, and applications all influence what counts as productive ways of thinking. Because the history of mathematics should interact constructively with other ways of studying the past, the contributors to this book come from a diverse range of intellectual backgrounds in anthropology, archaeology, art history, philosophy, and literature, as well as history of mathematics more traditionally understood. The thirty-six self-contained, multifaceted chapters, each written by a specialist, are arranged under three main headings: 'Geographies and Cultures', 'Peoples and Practices', and 'Interactions and Interpretations'. Together they deal with the mathematics of 5000 years, but without privileging the past three centuries, and an impressive range of periods and places with many points of cross-reference between chapters. The key mathematical cultures of North America, Europe, the Middle East, India, and China are all represented here as well as areas which are not often treated in mainstream history of mathematics, such as Russia, the Balkans, Vietnam, and South America. A vital reference for graduates and researchers in mathematics, historians of science, and general historians.