Aristotle and Dudley: what can books tell us about their owners?

Halls, Julie
December 2010
Historian (02651076);Winter2010, Issue 108, p24
Academic Journal
The article seeks to understand the life of English nobleman Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, through an analysis of the books he owned, primarily a volume of "Opera omnia" by Aristotle. The author is more broadly concerned with the implications ownership had on the lives of book-owners. Dudley's efforts in collecting numerous books for his private library are detailed. Dudley's relationship with the Tudor dynasty is also examined, as is his humanist education.


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