Gibbon’s Boys

The following are some of Gibbon’s favorite sources – men he trusted (and hated). They represent a Who’s Who of cutting edge historical research for a historian living in the last few decades of the 18th century. Gibbon made use of the very best, without slavish assimilation/imitation – far from it, he is as apt to praise as to despise his sources, both ancient and modern.
 
Gibbon is a servant only to Gibbon, to his own reason, and to Gibbon’s only (and very jealous) god: rationality.
 
And now the roll call:
 
 
The Indefatigable Contemporary-of-Newton Historian Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont
 
The Philosopher-Bishop-Celebrity William Warburton
 
 
 
 
 

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