Holinshed and Hall

Scott Lucas

in The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199565757
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Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Holinshed and Hall

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This chapter discusses Edward Hall's influence on Holinshed's authors. Hall's celebrated chronicle The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Famelies of Lancastre & Yorke (1548) was a major source for the account of English affairs c.1399–1509 and the major source for the narrative of Henry VIII's reign (1509–47) in Holinshed's Chronicles. Rather than simply recording events that occurred in England between 1399 and 1547, Hall sought to discern the distant causes of historical developments, to explore the personalities of the chief political actors he presented, and to provide an elevated, ornate style for his work. Both the 1577 and 1587 editions of Holinshed's Chronicles were based on Hall's historical project, and thus the inheritors of his distinctive approach to late Plantagenet and early Tudor affairs.

Keywords: Edward Hall; Raphael Holinshen; Henry VIII; English history; Famelies of Lancastre; Plantagenet; early Tudor

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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