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Hakluyt's PromiseAn Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America$
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Peter C. Mancall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110548

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110548.001.0001

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Hakluyt's Promise

Peter C. Mancall

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the community inhabited by Hakluyt during his formative years. Ample evidence of this community survives today: many of the buildings he walked through survive today; most of the books that he read can still be found; and chroniclers, heirs to a venerable medieval tradition, provided details about what shaped the lives of English men, women, and children. The writings of the antiquarian William Camden, Oxford's early modern historian Anthony a Wood, and the annalist John Stow, among others, depicted a nation caught in entangling political struggles at home and on the seas. They also told of a society coping with periodic moments of bizarre apparitions and tragedy caused by natural catastrophe. If Hakluyt was in any way representative of his time, he stood in awe of odd celestial sightings, feared the seemingly capricious actions of England's Catholic rivals, and devoured information about serious crimes and monstrous births.

Keywords:   community, formative years, William Camden, Anthony a Wood, John Stow, political struggles, natural catastrophe

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