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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 long been 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. TheHandbookis 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 - theHandbookdemonstrates that theChroniclespowerfully 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 volume shows how distinctive it was for one book to chronicle the history of three nations of the British archipelago. The various sections of theHandbookanalyze the making of the two editions of theChronicles; 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 parallel descriptions 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.
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 'That Great Matter of Succession' and Elizabethan Political Culture (2012) and, editor or co-editor of Plagiarism in Early Modern England (2003), The Uses of History in Early Modern England (2006), and The Question of Succession in Late Elizabethan England (2013).
Ian W. Archer has been Fellow and Tutor in History at Keble College, Oxford since 1991. His primary research interests lie in the history of early modern London, and he has also published on history and memory. He is a Literary Director of the Royal Historical Society.
Felicity Heal is an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. Her research interests lie in the religious history of Britain and Ireland during the Reformation, in the social history of the gentry, and in gift giving and reciprocity in early modern England. She has written extensively on all these subjects. She is consultant editor for the sixteenth-century section of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Abbreviations Note on References to the Chronicles Notes on Contributors Prologue I: THE MAKING OF HOLINSHED 1. The Genesis of the Two Editions, Felicity Heal And Henry Summerson 2. Printers, Publishers, and the Chronicles as Artefact, David Scott Kastan And Aaron T. Pratt 3. Censorship, Cyndia Susan Clegg 4. Sources: 1577, Henry Summerson 5. Sources: 1587, Henry Summerson 6. Harrison's 'Chronology' and Descriptions of Britain, Glyn Parry 7. Illustrations in the 1577 Edition, James A. Knapp II: HISTORIOGRAPHY 8. Holinshed and the Native Chronicle Tradition, Alexandra Gillespie and Oliver Harris 9. Holinshed and Mythical History, Laura Ashe 10. Holinshed and the Middle Ages, Harriet Archer 11. Leland and Other Precursors, James Carley 12. Holinshed and Hall, Scott Lucas 13. Holinshed and Foxe, Susannah Monta and Thomas S. Freeman 14. Later Historians and Holinshed, Wyman Herendeen 15. The Wider World of Chronicling, Daniel Woolf III: FORM, STYLE, AND RECEPTION 16. Genres, Tricia McElroy 17. Rhetoric, Jennifer Richards 18. Holinshed and the Classics, Judith Mossman 19. Shows and Pageants, Elizabeth Goldring and Jayne Elisabeth Archer 20. Narrative Voice and Influencing the Reader, Matthew Woodcock 21. Readership and Reception, Felicity Heal IV: POLITICS, SOCIETY, AND RELIGION 22. Monarchy, John Watts 23. Social Order and Disorder, Ian W. Archer 24. Religious Ideology, Peter Marshall 25. Providentialism, Alexandra Walsham 26. War, Paul E. J. Hammer 27. The International Context, Steven Gunn 28. Tudor Kings and Queens, Susan Doran V: LITERARY APPROPRIATIONS 29. History Plays and the Royal Succession, Paulina Kewes 30. Shakespeare and Medieval History, Igor Djordjevic 31. Shakespeare and British History, Richard Dutton 32. Spenser and Holinshed, Richard A. McCabe 33. Daniel and Holinshed, Gillian Wright 34. Later Appropriations, Bart van Es VI: ARCHIPELAGIC HOLINSHED 35. Archipelagic History, Philip Schwyzer 36. Mapping England and Wales, Alfred Hiatt 37. England, Ralph Houlbrooke 38. Scotland, Roger Mason 39. Ireland, Colm Lennon 40. Wales, Ralph Griffiths Appendix A: Contents of the two Editions of the Chronicles by Signature, Tim Smith-Laing Appendix B: Raphael Holinshed: New Light on a Shadowy Life, Henry Summerson Bibliography Index