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Camden, William

Born: 1551 AD
Died: 1623 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Historian

English antiquarian and historian


1551 – Born in London, on the 2nd of May, his father Sampson Camden, a member of The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers.


1566 – He entered Oxford.


At Christ Church, he became acquainted with Philip Sidney, who encouraged Camden’s antiquarian interests.


1571 – He returned to London without a degree.


1575 – Became Usher of Westminster School.


1577 – Camden began his great work Britannia, a topographical and historical survey of all of Great Britain.


1586 – The first edition of Britannia was published.


1593-1597 – Became Headmaster of Westminster School.


1597 – Lord Burghley suggested him to write a history of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.


1609 – He moved to Chislehurst.


1610 – Appeared the first English language translation, prepared by Philemon Holland.


1615 – Appeared the first part of the Annales Rerum Gestarum Angliae et Hiberniae Regnate Elizabetha.


1617 – The second part of Annales Rerum Gestarum Angliae et Hiberniae Regnate Elizabetha was completed.


1622 – He founded an endowed lectureship in History at Oxford.


       – He was struck with paralysis.


1623 – Died in Chislehurst on 9th of November and was buried at Westminster Abbey.