Holinshed and Foxe

Susannah Brietz Monta and Thomas S. Freeman

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

Holinshed and Foxe

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This chapter examines case studies that illustrate how Holinshed's Chronicles follow, adapt, or reject John Foxe's Actes and Monuments, considering accounts of Mary Tudor's reign (1553–8); Sir John Oldcastle, a Lollard knight executed in 1417 for leading an aborted rebellion; and the case of King John. Read together, Fleming's admiring use of Foxe in the Marian section, the Oldcastle account's Foxean subversions, and the King John account's blend of Foxean dependence and independence reveal how widely the Chronicles' reactions to the Actes and Monuments varied – reactions that point to the Chronicles' often conflicted treatment of religious history overall. Importantly, the Chronicles' responses to Foxe's Actes and Monuments show that the Chronicles are less a site of tolerant multivocality than one of polemical visions and revisions of history, in which the Actes and Monuments is often in the centre of the struggle.

Keywords: John Foxe; Raphael Holinshed; Actes and Monuments; religious history; English history; Mary Tudor; John Oldcastle; King John

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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