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Early Books Lecture Series VII: War, Peace, Faith, Poetry

Image from A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence
Image from A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence

Date: February 16, 2010

Times: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Bonnie Travers

Cost: Free


The University Libraries Special Collections hosts Early Books Lecture VII, an annual exploration by UA scholars of the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. Today Professor Willard of the Department of English will cover the medieval exploration of influences on the English language and culture by author and Anglo-Dutch antiquary Richard Verstegan in a talk titled Richard Verstegan, A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence (1605): Early Modern Notes on the Germanic Roots of England's Language and Culture. Special Collections vault contains a 1605 first edition of Restitution which includes a preface signed by Verstegan. Verstegan compiled a comprehensive guide to the origins of English words and names that advanced the nascent study of Old English. His Restitution examined everything from etymology to geology to Norse mythology to Germanic folklore such as the Pied Piper of Hamelin.