The Oxford Handbook of Holinsheds Chronicles

Hardcover | February 6, 2013

EditorPaulina Kewes, Ian W. Archer, Felicity Heal

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The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (1577, 1587), issued under the name of Raphael Holinshed, was the crowning achievement of Tudor historiography, and became the principal source for the historical writings of Spenser, Daniel and, above all, Shakespeare. While scholars have longbeen drawn to Holinshed for its qualities as a source, they typically dismissed it as a baggy collection of materials, lacking coherent form and analytical insight. This condescending verdict has only recently given way to an appreciation of the literary and historical qualities of these chronicles.The Handbook is a major interdisciplinary undertaking which gives the lie to Holinshed's detractors, and provides original interpretations of a book that has lacked sustained academic scrutiny. Bringing together leading specialists in a variety of fields - literature, history, religion, classics,bibliography, and the history of the book - the Handbook demonstrates that the Chronicles powerfully reflect the nature of Tudor thinking about the past, about politics and society, and about the literary and rhetorical means by which readers might be persuaded of the truth of narrative. The volumeshows how distinctive it was for one book to chronicle the history of three nations of the British archipelago. The various sections of the Handbook analyse the making of the two editions of the Chronicles; the relationship of the work to medieval and early modern historiography; its formal properties, genres and audience; attitudes to politics, religion, and society; literary appropriations; and the paralleldescriptions and histories of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The result is a seminal study that shows unequivocally the vitality and complexity of the chronicle form in the late sixteenth century.

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The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (1577, 1587), issued under the name of Raphael Holinshed, was the crowning achievement of Tudor historiography, and became the principal source for the historical writings of Spenser, Daniel and, above all, Shakespeare. While scholars have longbeen drawn to Holinshed for its qualities as ...

Paulina Kewes is Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Jesus College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her research interests focus on early modern drama, politics, and historiography. She is the author of Authorship and Appropriation: Writing for the Stage in England, 1660-1710 (1998) and, editor or co-editor ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:768 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:February 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsAbbreviationsNote on References to the ChroniclesNotes on ContributorsPrologueI: The Makin of Holinshed1. Felicity Heal and Henry Summerson: The Genesis of the Two Editions2. David Scott Kastan and Aaron T. Pratt: Printers, Publishers, and the Chronicles as Artefact3. Cyndia Susan Clegg: Censorship4. Henry Summerson: Sources: 15775. Henry Summerson: Sources: 15876. Glyn Parry: Harrison's 'Chronology' and Descriptions of Britain7. James A. Knapp: Illustrations in the 1577 EditionII: Historiography8. Alexandra Gillespie and Oliver Harris: Holinshed and the Native Chronicle Tradition9. Laura Ashe: Holinshed and Mythical History10. Harriet Archer: Holinshed and the Middle Ages11. James Carley: Leland and Other Precursors12. Scott Lucas: Holinshed and Hall13. Susannah Monta and Thomas S. Freeman: Holinshed and Foxe14. Wyman Herendeen: Later Historians and Holinshed15. Daniel Woolf: The Wider World of ChroniclingIII: Form, Style, and Reception16. Tricia McElroy: Genres17. Jennifer Richards: Rhetoric18. Judith Mossman: Holinshed and the Classics19. Elizabeth Goldring and Jayne Elisabeth Archer: Shows and Pageants20. Matthew Woodcock: Narrative Voice and Influencing the Reader21. Felicity Heal: Readership and ReceptionIV: Politics, Society, and Religon22. John Watts: Monarchy23. Ian W. Archer: Social Order and Disorder24. Peter Marshall: Religious Ideology25. Alexandra Walsham: Providentialism26. Paul E. J. Hammer: War27. Steven Gunn: The International Context28. Susan Doran: Tudor Kings and QueensV: Literary Appropriations29. Paulina Kewes: History Plays and the Royal Succession30. Igor Djordjevic: Shakespeare and Medieval History31. Richard Dutton: Shakespeare and British History32. Richard A. McCabe: Spenser and Holinshed33. Gillian Wright: Daniel and Holinshed34. Bart van Es: Later AppropriationsVI: Archipelagic Holinshed35. Philip Schwyzer: Archipelagic History36. Alfred Hiatt: Mapping England and Wales37. Ralph Houlbrooke: England38. Roger Mason: Scotland39. Colm Lennon: Ireland40. Ralph Griffiths: WalesTim Smith-Laing: Appendix A: Contents of the two Editions of the Chronicles by SignatureHenry Summerson: Appendix B: Raphael Holinshed: New Light on a Shadowy LifeBibliographyIndex