John Aubrey


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John Aubrey (12 March 1626 – 7 June 1697) was an English antiquary, natural philosopher and writer. He is perhaps best known as the author of the collection of short biographical pieces usually referred to as Brief Lives. He was a pioneer archaeologist, who recorded (often for the first time) numerous megalithic and other field monuments in southern England, and who is particularly noted as the ... more »

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  • Sir Walter, being strangely surprised and put out of his countenance at so great a table, gives his son a damned blow over the face. His son, as rude as he was, would not strike his father, but strike...
    John Aubrey (1626-1697), British antiquarian, writer. "Sir Walter Raleigh," Brief Lives (1813, rev. ed. 1898).
  • He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than ot...
    John Aubrey (1626-1697), British antiquarian, writer. repr. In Brief Lives and Other Selected Writings by John Aubrey, ed. Anthony Powell (1949). "Tho...
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