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Fall 2009


In the present discussion of William Camden‘s Remains Concerning Britain, heraldry has as its counterpart the study of the heredity of the English language. Both are essential to Camden‘s text, in content as well as in form. Prior to these discussions of priority, however, we must begin with the precursor work which the Remains complements, Camden‘s Britannia. Chorographical rather than historical, the Britannia describes Britain‘s geography in order to explore the country‘s history. In the present investigation I adopt Camden‘s method in reverse, beginning with the historical context of Camden‘s work in order to situate a discussion of the physical text of the Remains.


Paper written in fulfillment of English 8000, Dr. Stephen Dobranski, Fall 2009.