, 1551-1623, English scholar, chief historian and antiquary of Elizabethan times. His two chief works are Britannia
(1586) and Annales rerum Anglicarum et Hibernicarum regnante Elizabetha
[annals of affairs in England and Ireland in the reign of Elizabeth]. He was a conscientious scholar in editing old manuscripts and in collecting materials of antiquarian interest. He was also a teacher (1575-97) and headmaster (1593-97) at Westminster School and helped to revive the study of Anglo-Saxon. He wrote a Greek grammar long popular in English secondary schools and aided Sir Robert Cotton
in collecting materials.
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