Journal Article

The Second Anonymous Continuation of the Crowland Abbey Chronicle 1459–86 Revisited

Michael Hicks

in The English Historical Review

Volume CXXII, issue 496, pages 349-370
Published in print April 2007 | ISSN: 0013-8266
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-4534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cem003
The Second Anonymous Continuation of the Crowland Abbey Chronicle 1459–86 Revisited

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The most important narrator of Yorkist politics is the Second Anonymous Continuation of the chronicle of Crowland Abbey. Hence Yorkist historians need to understand the chronicle and the chronicler better. The Crowland Abbey Chronicles down to 1470 were copied into British Library MS Otho BXIII sometime before 1485, when they were twice extended. The Second Continuation was composed in two stages, up to Bosworth in the autumn of 1485 and up to April 1486 in that month time, and the Third Continuation, probably the work of a month, immediately follows. It was the work of a secular clerk who incorporated existing obituaries of Crowland's abbots. The chronicler was employed in the royal writing offices, but he probably was not part of the embassy to Abbeville in 1471. His first name was Richard. He was not Dr Richard Lavender, Piers Curteys, Dr Henry Sharp, Dr John Gunthorpe, nor Bishop John Russell, who may be the source of some of the material. This paper makes a case for the authorship of Master Richard Langport, clerk of the royal council. If correct, this will enable historians to work out where the chronicler wrote with first-hand authority and where from hearsay.

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Subjects: British History ; World History ; European History ; International History

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