Harrison's ‘Chronology’ and Descriptions of Britain

Glyn Parry

in The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199565757
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Harrison's ‘Chronology’ and Descriptions of Britain

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This chapter discusses how William Harrison's Description of Britain, which prefaced both editions of the Chronicles, provides insights into the matrix of power relationships, patronage, and the so-called sociology of texts that characterized the making of the Chronicles. Through his statements, we can discern the difficulty Harrison faced in expressing his cultural vision through the medium of Holinshed's Chronicles, and also appreciate the political and cultural limitations within which the Chronicles as a whole were produced.

Keywords: William Harrison; Chronicles; historical writing; Description of England

Article.  8758 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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