William Camden Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Fussner, F. Smith. “William Camden and Territorial History.” In The Historical Revolution: English Historical Writing and Thought, 1580-1640, pp. 230-52. New York: Columbia University Press, 1962.

Credits Camden with inventing a method of historiography which sought to explain events from empirical evidence rather than from providential interpretation.

Herendeen, Wyman H. “Spenserian Specifics: Spenser's Appropriation of a Renaissance Topos.” In Medievalia et Humanistica: Studies in Medieval & Renaissance Culture, edited by Paul Maurice Clogan, pp. 159-88. Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1981.

Examines Spenser's use of the river motif in his poetry and includes a discussion of the author's debt to John Leland and Camden.

Herendeen, W. H. “William Camden: Historian, Herald, and Antiquary.” Studies in Philology 85, no. 2 (spring 1988): 192-210.

Considers the synergy of Camden's interests and duties, particularly as supported by his post with the College of Arms and his relationship with the Society of Antiquaries.

Jones, H. Stuart. “The Foundation and History of the Camden Chair.” Oxoniensia 8-9 (1943-44): 169-92.

Discusses Camden's contributions to the discipline of history and traces the scholars who held the Camden Chair in the centuries after his death.

Kendrick, T. D. “Britannia.” In British Antiquity, pp. 134-67. New York: Columbia University Press, 1950.

Biographical and critical survey of Camden and the Britannia.

Levy, F. J. Tudor Historical Thought. San Marino, Calif.: Huntington Library, 1967, 305 p.

Discusses historiographic trends such as the chronicle tradition, antiquarianism, and popular history. Several chapters address Camden's contributions to the development of historiography and political thought.

McGurk, John. “William Camden and the Britannia.Contemporary Review 252, no. 1464 (1988): 37-40.

Takes exception to Camden's partisanship in his representation of Elizabeth's reign in the Britannia.

Sharpe, Kevin. “‘The Famous Antiquarie of Europe’: Sir Robert Cotton and the Historical Scholarship of Western Europe.” In Sir Robert Cotton, 1586-1631: History and Politics in Early Modern England, pp. 84-110. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Includes an examination of Camden's role in introducing Cotton to Continental-style historical scholarship.

Additional coverage of Camden's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 172.