Averrunci or The Skowrers: 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) by Edmund Bolton

Renaissance English Text Society (RETS), Vol. 38

Averrunci or The Skowrers: 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) by Edmund Bolton

Edited by Patricia J. Osmond and Robert W. Ulery, Jr.
2017 | 266 pp. | 13 ills. | 978-0-86698-563-5 | Hardcover 7 x 10 in
MRTS 508 | $80 |

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 A Commentary, following the text, explains difficult passages and identifies Bolton’s extensive historical references.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.