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Walter Ralegh's History of the World and the Historical Culture of the Late Renaissance

Nicholas Popper


Imprisoned in the Tower of London after the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603, Sir Walter Ralegh spent the next seven years producing his massive History of the World. Created with the aid of a library of more than five hundred books he was allowed to keep in his quarters, this work of English vernacular would become a bestseller with nearly twenty editions, abridgments, and continuations issued in the years that followed. This book uses Ralegh's History as a touchstone in its exploration of the culture of history writing and historical thinking in the late Renaissance. From it we learn why ear ... More

Keywords: Tower of London, Queen Elizabeth, Sir Walter Ralegh, English vernacular, history writing, historical thinking, late Renaissance, early modern Europeans, historical expertise, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226675008
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675022.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Popper, author