Aubrey's Brief Lives (1696)

John Aubrey, born in 1626, lived through turbulent times: the execution of Charles I, the Civil War, the reign of Charles II and the arrival of William and Mary. He was fascinated by everything around him - the lives of famous and ordinary people, new ideas and scientific discoveries and evidence of the ancient history of his country – and he wrote it all down in notes and jottings. Patrick Garland adapted a selection of these writings to be performed on the stage by Roy Dotrice.
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Brief Lives - John Aubrey, has been loved for generations for its colourful gossipy tone and for the glimpses it provides of the unofficial sides of its subjects. Aubrey's use of informants and his eye for the unusual provides more vivid pictures than a biography based on documents could. He is frank but never malicious. 'Brief Lives' includes biographies of such figures as Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle, Sir Walter Raleigh, Edmund Halley, Ben Jonson, Thomas Hobbes, and William Shakespeare.

Brief Lives - John Aubrey, has been loved for generations for its colourful gossipy tone and for the glimpses it provides of the unofficial sides of its subjects. Aubrey's use of informants and his eye for the unusual provides more vivid pictures than a biography based on documents could. He is frank but never malicious. 'Brief Lives' includes biographies of such figures as Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle, Sir Walter Raleigh, Edmund Halley, Ben Jonson, Thomas Hobbes, and William Shakespeare.

John Aubrey’s Brief Lives invented biography – it sought the ‘naked and plain truth’ about its subjects. But how to tell the story of his own life?

John Aubrey’s Brief Lives invented biography – it sought the ‘naked and plain truth’ about its subjects. But how to tell the story of his own life?

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Amazon.com: Aubrey's Brief Lives (Nonpareil Books) (9781567920635): John Aubrey, Oliver Lawson Dick, Edmund Wilson: Books

Amazon.com: Aubrey's Brief Lives (Nonpareil Books) (9781567920635): John Aubrey, Oliver Lawson Dick, Edmund Wilson: Books

'John Aubrey' at Stonehenge

'John Aubrey' at Stonehenge

Jon Baggaley as Aubrey

Jon Baggaley as Aubrey

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