Alexandra Walsham

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 how providentialism influenced the content and meaning of Holinshed's Chronicles, considering how the language of providence is deployed in this text, and the sometimes contradictory voices and registers of explanation with which it coexists. Holinshed's eclecticism in this respect reflects the different religious complexions of the contributors to this historical compilation, from the committed Catholicism of Richard Stanihurst and the nostalgic conservative conformism of John Stow, to the varying degrees of evangelical Protestant zeal exhibited by John Hooker, William Harrison, and Abraham Fleming. But it is also a function of the diverse body of medieval and post-medieval sources upon which this voluminous patchwork quilt of a book is dependent.

Keywords: Chronicles; providence; religion; Richard Stanihurst; John Stow; John Hooker; William Harrison; Abraham Fleming

Article.  8442 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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