Tudor Kings and Queens

Susan Doran

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

Tudor Kings and Queens

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This chapter examines Holinshed's Chronicles' representation of Tudor monarchs: Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth. Both editions contain important differences arising from the substantial revisions and additions by Abraham Fleming, editor-in-chief of the 1587 version. In addition to bringing the narrative up to date, he introduced moralizing asides, verses, and sententiae as well as substantial new material on international politics, military campaigns, court ceremonies, and the nefarious behaviour of popes and cardinals. However, when it came to accounts of the Tudor monarchs, Fleming's modifications were generally viewed as less extensive. Yet all are significant and impose a more authoritative voice and consistent ideological viewpoint on the narrative than has been recognized.

Keywords: Tudor monarchs; Henry VII; Henry VIII; Edward VI; Queen Mary; Queen Elizabeth; English monarchs

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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