Averrunci or The Skowrers by Edmund Bolton

Averrunci or The Skowrers by Edmund Bolton

Distributed for Iter Press

288 pages | 14 | 9.5 x 6.5
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780866985635 Published May 2017
Ponderous and new considerations upon the first six books of the Annals of
Cornelius Tacitus concerning Tiberius Caesar
(Genoa, Biblioteca Durazzo, MS. A IV 5)

This edition makes available for the first time a recently discovered and provocative work by the English historian Edmund Bolton. Composed in the years 1629–1634, Averrunci or The Skowrers aims at exposing Tacitus’ (alleged) anti-monarchical bias in Annals 1–6 and at rehabilitating the character and reign of the emperor Tiberius. The Introduction discusses the manuscript in the context of Bolton’s life and other works, its response to political and historiographical controversies in early Stuart England, and its unusual, revisionist position in the contemporary movement of Tacitism. A Commentary, following the text, explains difficult passages and identifies Bolton’s extensive historical references.

Edited with Introduction and Commentary by Patricia J. Osmond and Robert W. Ulery, Jr.


I. The Manuscript: 2 “the no great volumn”
II. Author and Patrons: 8 “May it please your Lordships and Honors”
III. The Annals in early Stuart England: 23 “as it were theyr Canonical scripture” 
IV. Re-reading books 1–6: 32 “refine Tiberius from Tacitus”
V. Histories: 46 “Scholes for Captaines, and sages . . . to govern the world”
VI. Reforming Tacitus: 58 “to bring him into order for the common good”
Editorial Procedures 
Epistle Dedicatory

(London, British Library, Add MS 64908, ff. 162r–163r) 
The Text
(Genoa, Biblioteca Durazzo, MS A IV 5) 
Index of Names and Summary of the Text

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