Later Historians and Holinshed

Wyman Herendeen

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

 Later Historians and Holinshed

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This chapter examines the influence of Holinshed's Chronicles on later historians. It argues that while the Chronicles were sometimes scorned and sometimes admired, their influence was often indirect and even, it seems, suppressed. There are instances of authors noting their use of the work, and also of others neglecting to mention it; and there are some examples of writers actually emulating the form of the Chronicles. Thus, any attempt to assess the work's ‘influence’ must come to terms with the often oblique ways in which it is sometimes felt. The chapter also discusses how the form, content, and methodology of the work of the antiquarians reflected their familiarity with and direct reaction to the Chronicles, especially Harrison's Description of Britain.

Keywords: Rapahel Holinshed; Chronicles; modern scholars; historians; antiquarians; William Harrison; Description of Britain

Article.  7898 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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