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Sources: 1577

Henry Summerson

in The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199565757
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199565757.013.0004

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Sources: 1577

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This chapter focuses on the historical sources of the 1577 edition of Holinshed's Chronicles. William Harrison and Richard Stanihurst provided the descriptions of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Stanihurst also provided the last book of the History of Ireland. Both men possessed a distinctive literary style. The fact that the historical sections otherwise maintained a stylistic homogeneity which is characterized principally by straightforward clarity of expression, albeit one regularly leavened by neatly turned phrases and moments of dry wit, supports the likelihood that they were entirely written by Holinshed, though he admitted having received substantial support from Reyner Wolfe, the originator of the enterprise and its intended publisher, as well as the assistance of the London antiquary John Stow.

Keywords: History of Ireland; sources; Raphael Holinshed; William Harrison; Richard Stanihurst; England; Ireland; Scotland; John Stow; Reyner Wolfe

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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