THE LIFE OF ANTHONY WOOD IN HIS OWN WORDS

ANTHONY WOOD

Edited By NICOLAS K KIESSLING
256pp 10 ILLUS 2010 LIST PRICE: £35.00 B819

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Anthony Wood's account of his life is one of the few written by university persons in the seventeenth century. It describes his contemporaries, including Christopher Wren, John Locke, the physician John Lower, the Catholic Ralph Sheldon, the mathematician John Wallis, and a host of Oxford heads of colleges, vice-chancellors and chancellors. It contains descriptions of the skirmishes between parliamentarian and royalist forces in the 1640s, the atmosphere of Oxford during the parliamentarian occupation, the return of King Charles II in 1660, the anti-Catholic movement of the 1670s, and the burning of Wood's own Athenae Oxonienses in front of the Bodleian Library in 1693. Wood’s descriptions and casual diary entries are bursting with information about his times, peppered with entertaining social commentary. This first modern critical edition of his text is based on all the surviving sources in the Bodleian Library.