William Camden was born in London and educated at Christ's Hospital and St. Paul's School, and subsequently at Magdalen College and Christ Church College Oxford (B.A. 1570). Camden traveled throughout England collecting materials for his topographical history, Britannia (1586). He was headmaster at Westminster School from 1593 to 1598, where Ben Jonson was his most famous pupil. William Camden, a founder of the original Society of Antiquaries, was among those associated with the intellectual circle surrounding the Earl of Leicester and Sir Philip Sidney. He became the first historian of the reign of Queen Elizabeth with his Annals, which began publishing in 1589.
Britannia sive florentissimorum regnorum Angliae, Scotiae, Hiberniae chorographia descriptio. 1586.
Reges, reginae, nobiles, & alii in ecclesia collegiata b. petri Westmonasterii sepulti. 1600.
Remains of a greater worke concerning Britaine. 1605.
Annales rerum anglicarum et hibernicarum regnante Elizabetha. 1615, 1627.
Regni regis Jacobi I annalium apparatus; Memoribilia de seipso. 1691.
Anglica, normannica, hibernica, cambrica a veteribus scripta [ed. Camden]. 1602.