Etymology, Names and the Search for Origins: Deriving the Past in Early Modern England

Vine, Angus
April 2006
Seventeenth Century;Spring2006, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
The article discusses the etymology and the search for origins in early modern England. It presents Jean Bodin's "Methodus ad facilem historiarum cognitionem," which states that language is the most important factor in unearthing historical origins. It is mainly the linguistic traces where the proof of origin lies. His "Methodus" work was included in the most popular of all artes historicae in the early modern period, and was frequently reprinted.


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