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The Itinerary of John Leland in or About the Years 1535-1543, Part IX

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In "The Itinerary of John Leland in or About the Years 1535-1543, Part IX," John Leland's meticulous observations and detailed descriptions of various locations and landmarks in England provide an intriguing insight into the country's history and culture during the Tudor period. Leland's dedication to documenting these details is evident throughout the book, as he travels extensively and meticulously records his findings.

Readers interested in history and geography will appreciate the wealth of information contained in this volume, as Leland's writings offer a glimpse into a bygone era and shed light on the changes that have occurred in England over the centuries. The author's passion for his subject matter is palpable, and his lively descriptions bring the locations he visits to life, making the book a captivating read for anyone curious about England's past.

Overall, "The Itinerary of John Leland in or About the Years 1535-1543, Part IX" is a valuable and engaging historical resource that offers a unique perspective on Tudor England. Whether you are a history buff or simply enjoy learning about different places and cultures, this book is sure to provide a fascinating and educational experience.

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John Leland's 'Itinerary' was the product of several journeys around England and Wales undertaken between 1538 and 1543. The manuscript is made up of Leland's notebooks, which were first published in the 18th century, and later in a ten-part, five-volume edition published by Lucy Toulmin (1906-10). Part IX of the manuscript begins in the south of England and gradually meanders its way, county by county, through central and northern England up to the borders of Scotland. Leland did not prepare the manuscript for publication and it is sometimes difficult to follow, with occasional geographically-misplaced sections, lists of headings with content yet to be added, and the odd lapse into Latin. Part IX of the Itinerary will be of interest, nevertheless, to anyone with an interest in English history as an early form of the 'gazetteer', compiled at a time when the shape of the country as a whole was still a mystery to most of its inhabitants. Leland's spellings tend to be inconsistent and for the most part I have used modern pronunciations unless a consistent spelling clearly indicates a different pronunciation. I have also omitted or modified a few short passages that would be otherwise incomprehensible.

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