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(January 19, 2012)

Should a modern edition of a book written 400 years ago stay true to the original? Or should any racist and other embarrassing/unacceptable comments be cut for today’s readers?

Join the debate between Anthony Richmond, Master of Abbot’s Hospital and Carol Brown, local historian, when they battle to convince an audience of the correct way to go.
George Abbot rose from humble beginnings in a small,... waterside house in Guildford to become Archbishop of Canterbury and, along the way, wrote books as well as being one of the translators of the King James Bible, the 400th anniversary of which is being celebrated this year.

One of the books he produced, in 1599, was A Brief Description of the Whole World which became a bestseller, being reprinted until the middle of the seventeenth century. It describes the known countries of the time and their peoples.

Goldenford Publishers has published an adapted edition of the book for the 21st century, retaining a great part of the original but modernising the language, some of it in Latin, to meet modern tastes – with footnotes to point out some of the incorrect beliefs of the time.
Anthony Richmond, who adapted the book, is the Master of Abbot’s hospital, an almshouse set up in the centre of Guildford by George Abbot in 1619. George had become incredibly wealthy and, wondering what to do with this new found wealth, found his ‘affection leading me to the Town of Guildford where I was born, and where my aged Parents lived many years with good report.’

The debate takes place on Thursday 15 March 2012 from 7pm to 9pm in the Common Hall, Abbot’s Hospital, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ
Admission: £5 (includes tea and coffee or soft drinks)

Tickets available from:
Goldenford Publishers: Tel: 01372 456778 / Email:
Abbot’s Hospital: Tel: 01483 45591 / Email:

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