Biography of William Camden

This article contains a concise biographical timeline for William Camden (1551-1623). He was the first person to write a history for the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

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1551 – He is born in London.

1566 – He enters Oxford.

1571 – He returns to London without obtaining a degree.

1575 – He becomes Usher of Westminster School.

1577 – He begins his Britannia.

1578 – He visits East Anglia.

1582 – He visits Yorkshire and Lancashire.

1586 – The first edition of his Britannia is published. More editions were published in 1587, 1590, 1594, 1600 and 1607.

1589 – He visits Devon.

1590 – He visits Wales.

1593 – He becomes headmaster for the Westminster School.

1595 – His Institutio Graecae grammatices compendiaria in usum regiae scholae Westmonasteriensis is published.

1596 – He visits Salisbury, Wells and Oxford.

1597 – He is appointed Clarenceux King of Arms.

1597 – He receives a suggestion from William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley that he should write a history of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

1599 – He visits Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall.

1600 – His Reges, reginae, nobiles et alii in ecclesia collegiata B. Petri Westmonasterii sepulti is published anonymously.

1605 – His Remaines of a Greater Worke, Concerning Britaine is published.

1607 – He begins his Annales. Also his Actio in Henricum Garnetum, Societatis Jesuiticae in Anglia superiorem is published.

1609 – He moves to Chislehurst in Kent.

1622 – He founds an endowed lectureship in History at Oxford, the first in the world.

1623 – He dies in Chislehurst.

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References;

1 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Camden

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