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Essays on Archaeological Subjects

Essays on Archaeological Subjects
And on Various Questions Connected with the History of Art, Science, and Literature in the Middle Ages
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Medieval History

  • Date Published: May 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108083492

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  • Thomas Wright (1810–77), antiquarian, archaeologist and historian, wrote many works on all his areas of interest, including several reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection. He was the first excavator of the Roman city of Wroxeter, wrote on the history of Ludlow and of Cambridge, and was interested in ethnology, folklore, the Celtic languages and Old English, and etymology. This two-volume collection of his essays was published in 1861: he selected them 'to embrace in some manner the whole field of our own primeval history and that of the Middle Ages'. The subjects range from the excavation of tumuli in Yorkshire to the history of drama in the Middle Ages via the origins of the Welsh people and the Hereford 'Mappa Mundi'. Wright draws on sources ranging from medieval charters to modern linguistic studies, as well as the remains and artefacts uncovered by his own and others' excavations.

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    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108083492
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. On the remains of a primitive people in the south-east corner of Yorkshire
    2. On some ancient barrows, or tumuli, opened in East Yorkshire
    3. On some curious forms of sepulchral interment found in East Yorkshire
    4. Treago, and the large tumulus at St Weonard's
    5. On the ethnology of South Britain at the period of the extinction of the Roman government in the island
    6. On the origin of the Welsh
    7. On Anglo-Saxon antiquities, with a particular reference to the Faussett Collection
    8. On the true character of the biographer Asser
    9. Anglo-Saxon architecture, illustrated from illuminated manuscripts
    10. On the literary history of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Britons, and of the Romantic Cycle of King Arthur
    11. On saints' lives and miracles
    12. On antiquarian excavations and researches in the middle ages. Volume 2:
    13. On the ancient map of the world preserved in Hereford Cathedral, as illustrative of the history of geography in the middle ages
    14. On the history of the English language
    15. On the abacus, or mediaeval system of arithmetic
    16. On the antiquity of dates expressed in Arabic numerals
    17. Remarks on an ivory casket of the beginning of the fourteenth century
    18. On the carvings of the stalls in cathedral and collegiate churches
    19. Illustrations of some questions relating to architectural antiquities
    20. On the origin of rhymes in mediaeval poetry, and its bearing on the authenticity of the early Welsh poems
    21. On the history of the drama in the middle ages
    22. On the literature of the troubadours
    23. On the history of comic literature during the middle ages
    24. On the satirical literature of the Reformation.

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    Thomas Wright

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