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The Tudor Society

The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary

Today is the anniversary of the death of John Leland, the Tudor poet and antiquary, on 18th April 1552. He died in the parish of St Michael le Querne, Cheapside, London, and was buried there. In 1547, Leland "fell besides his wits" and in 1551, his brother was granted custody of him and his possessions. Leland is known for the notebooks of his travels around England and Wales, which were published as The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary by Thomas Hearne.

To commemorate the anniversary of his death, I thought it was fitting to share links to the volumes that make up his Itinerary:

Edited by Lucy Toulmin Smith, 1906:

18th Century editions:

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The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary