Of the four plates the most interesting are 3 and 4, illustrating part of the inventory of books bequeathed to his successors by Thomas Benolt, Clarenceux King of Arms
, in 1534 (College of Arms, MS Heralds, vol.
Herendeen divides Camden's life into three sections: his education, including four years at Oxford, which he left apparently dissatisfied, and without a degree, but having won the admiration of contemporaries including Richard Hakluyt and Henry Savile; the remainder of his achievements in the reign of Elizabeth, when he taught at Westminster School (becoming headmaster in 1593), published the first five editions of the Britannia, and was elected Clarenceux King of Arms
in 1597; and his work under James I, including the Annales, and his establishment of the first chair of civil history at Oxford.
Camden's authority in heraldry of which the 1594 Britannia provided convincing evidence, together with his association with the advocates of armorial reform (Fulke Greville, Sir Edward Hoby, and Baron Burghley as well as the queen) made him a logical choice, over Ralph Brooke, for elevation to Clarenceux King of Arms
in October 1597.