Religious Ideology

Peter Marshall

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

 Religious Ideology

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‘Religion’ permeates Holinshed's Chronicles as a background hum rather than a swelling melody. Yet they were assembled and printed at a time of extraordinary religious upheaval and transition, when a Catholic past was repudiated for a Protestant future, whose emerging shape was still indistinct and a matter of intense contestation. In 1577, arguably still more in 1587, the peoples of Britain were fiercely divided over religion. This chapter investigates how the Holinshed texts reflect, mediate, gloss, arbitrate, or obscure those divisions by examining their treatment of the events of the English Reformation itself. It focuses on the most recent, indeed near-contemporary, sections of the history: the half-century from 1529 to 1577, and the continuation to 1586 in the second edition.

Keywords: English Reformation; English history; Chronicles; religion; Catholic; Protestants

Article.  8159 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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