Jennifer Richards

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


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This chapter examines the rhetoric of Holinshed's Chronicles, addressing the question of how an awareness of their rhetorical composition, the English histories in particular, affects their political reading. To explore this, it focuses mainly on one particular episode, which Annabel Patterson describes as the ‘climactic’ moment in this work's history of the English Parliament: the deposition of Richard II in 1399.

Keywords: Chronicles; Raphael Holinshed; rhetorical composition; English histories; political reading; English Parliament; deposition; Richard II

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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