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William Stukeley : science, religion and archaeology in eighteenth-century England /
David Boyd Haycock.
imprint
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2002.
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xiii, 290 p. : ill.
ISBN
0851158641 (acid-free paper)
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Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2002.
isbn
0851158641 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
4684206
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Stukeley's antiquarian researches, particularly into the great stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury, were the first to reveal their great antiquity. Friend of Newton, his life embodies the classic Enlightenment confrontation between science and religion.
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Dr William Stukeley (1687-1765) was the most renowned English antiquary of the eighteenth century. This study discusses his life and achievements, placing him firmly within his intellectual milieu, which he shared with his illustrious friend Isaac Newton and with other natural philosophers, theologians and historians. Stukeley's greatest memorial was his work on the stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury: at a time when most historians believed they were Roman or medieval monuments, he proved that they were of much greater antiquity, and his influence on subsequent interpretations of these monuments and their builders was enormous. For Stukeley, these stone circles - the work of 'Celtic Druids', were a link in the chain that connected the pristine religion of Adam and Noah with the modern Anglican Church. Historians today belittle such speculations, but Stukeley shared his vision of lost religious and scientific knowledge with many of the great minds of his day; this account shows how throughout his distinguished career his antiquarian researches fortified his response to Enlightenment irreligion and the threat he believed it posed to science and society. DAVID BOYD HAYCOCK is a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.
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William Stukeley was the most renowned English antiquary of the 18th century. This study discusses his life and achievements which he shared with his illustrious friend Isaac Newton and with other natural philosophers, theologians and historians.
Table of Contents
List of Plates
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Major dates in the life of William Stukeley
Foreword
Introductionp. 1
'Standing on the Sholders of Giants': The Intellectual Backgroundp. 15
'Soe Suitable to my Genius': An Eighteenth-Century Educationp. 30
'The Microcosm': Doctor and Anatomistp. 54
'The Macrocosm': New Theories of the Universep. 75
'The Curious Itinerary': Antiquities and the History of Britainp. 109
'The Long-Lost Truth': Ancient History and the Origins of Theologyp. 136
'Much Greater, Than Commonly Imagined': Celtic Druids and the Universal Religionp. 160
'I Have Ever Been Studious in Divinity': Archaeology in Defence of Newtonianismp. 189
'A Truely to be Respected Learned Man': The Reputation of Dr. Stukeleyp. 217
'These Learned Lives': The Influence of Dr. Stukeleyp. 237
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 285
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