John Norden, regarded as the inventor of the county history, attended Hart Hall, Oxford (B.A. 1569; M.A. 1573) and took his M.D. from Pembroke College, Cambridge (1581). He published poetry and topographical works.
Speculum Britanniae: the first part an historicall, chorographicall description of Middlesex. 1593.
The pensive mans practice. 1594; 1609.
Speculi Brintanniae pars: an historical and chorographical description of Essex. 1594.
A sinful mans solace. 1585.
A Christian familiar comfort and incouragement unto all English subjects. 1596.
Norden's preparative to his Speculum Britanniae. 1596.
The mirror of honor. 1597.
Speculi Britanniae pars: the description of Hertfordshire. 1598.
A prayer for the prosperous proceedings and good successe of the Earle of Essex and his companies. 1599.
Vissisitudo rerum: an elegiacall poeme. 1600.
The surveyors dialogue. 1607.
The labyrinth of mans life. Or vertues delight and envies opposite. 1614.
A poore mans rest: founded upon motives, meditations, prayers. 1620.
England: an intended guyde for English travailers. 1625.