ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Aubrey

(1626-1697)


John Aubrey was born at Easton Percy in Wiltshire, the son of a country gentlemen. He shared a tutor with Thomas Hobbes, and afterwards attended Blanford grammar school and studied at Trinity College Oxford (1642) and the Middle Temple (1646). Aubrey, who was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1663, spent much time at Oxford where he made the acquaintance of Anthony Wood, who used his biographical collections for his Athenae Oxonienses. Aubrey, who lost his fortune in unsuccessful lawsuits, lived with various acquaintances.


TEXT RECORDS:

1680 ca.Edmund Spenser.

PUBLICATIONS:

Queries in order to the description of Britannia. 1673.
Proposals for printing Monumenta Britannia. 1693.
Miscellanies. 1696.
The natural history and antiquities of the county of Surrey, ed. R. Rawlinson. 5 vols, 1718-19.
Lives of eminent men, ed. Philip Bliss. 1813.
Brief Lives, ed. Andrew Clark. 1898.
The natural history of Wiltshire, ed. John Britton. 1847.
Remains of gentilisme and Judaisme, ed. John Britton. 1881.