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Daniel Defoe

(1660—1731) writer and businessman

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Alexander Selkirk

Alexander Selkirk  

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(1676–1721),British seaman and the model of Robinson Crusoe in the story by the same name written by Daniel Defoe (c.1660–1731). He was born in Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland. In 1703 he volunteered to ...
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Large room or suite of rooms for the reception of large parties, for concerts, dinners, balls, etc. A good example is the assembly-room at York by Burlington (1731–2). Assembly-rooms were an ...
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Athenian Gazette  

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(later the Athenian Mercury),a periodical published by Dunton, a question‐and‐answer paper, and thus a precursor of Notes and Queries. It first appeared in March 1691 and flourished until 1697.
Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire  

Is a small, low‐lying, and predominantly agricultural county, drained largely by the river Ouse. In pre‐Roman times it formed part of the kingdom of the Catuvellauni. In 571 a victory of the English ...
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Bernard Mandeville  

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(c.1670–1733)Dutch doctor and moral philosopher. Born in Rotterdam of a distinguished medical family, Mandeville settled in Britain shortly after taking his degree in 1691. He is known for The Fable ...
Bradford

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Though Bradford received a charter as early as 1251, it remained a cloth town of local importance. During the 17th cent. it lost ground. Celia Fiennes in the 1690s did not mention it and Defoe in the ...
Charles Leslie

Charles Leslie  

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(1650–1722), Nonjuror. Deprived of his benefice in Ireland, he came to London in 1689. His most celebrated work was an attack on Deist philosophy, A Short and Easy Method with the Deists (1698).
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A romance of adventure by Defoe, published 1722.
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One of the great medieval offices of state, derived from comes stabuli, count of the stables. The first lord high constable was a supporter of the Empress Matilda, who made him earl of Hereford. It ...
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The word ‘country’ was used not only for describing the whole of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, etc., but more imprecisely to convey a sense of a district much wider ...
Defoe, Daniel

Defoe, Daniel (1660–1731)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

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(1660–1731), English writer.

Daniel Defoe's dates place him at the beginning of the Enlightenment, but because he was

Defoe, Daniel

Defoe, Daniel (1660–1731)   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

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2007
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. Defoe, perhaps the most prolific author writing in English in his time, acutely observed the beginnings of Britain’s

Defoe, Daniel

Defoe, Daniel (1660–1731)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History

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2003
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(1660–1731).

For local historians his most important work is A Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain

Defoe, Daniel

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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He championed William III in his first notable poem, The True-born Englishman (1701). A politically controversial journalist, he

Defoe, Daniel

Defoe, Daniel (1660–1731)   Reference library

The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy

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2010
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Daniel Defoe was born in London in autumn 1660 and died there on 24 April 1731. Born Daniel Foe

Defoe, Daniel

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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(1660–1731), London-born journalist, novelist, and social thinker. His parents were Dissenters who envisaged a career in the Presbyterian

Defoe, Daniel

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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2006
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Outside the academic world, Daniel Defoe (1660–1731; recent biographers all agree that he was probably born in 1660

Defoe, Daniel

Defoe, Daniel (1660–1731)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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The canon of writings attributed to him grew from c.100 works in 1790 to c.570 in 1972.

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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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2009
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(1660–1731) A prolific and versatile writer whose works are of great importance in the development of the novel and journalism. For local historians his most important work is ... More
Defoe, Daniel

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Rosemarie C. Sultan

Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Although Dickens observed that Defoe personally must have been ‘a precious dry and disagreeable article’ and found ‘an utter want

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