Mapping England and Wales

Alfred Hiatt

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

 Mapping England and Wales

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This chapter explores the nature, sources, and contexts of spatial representation in William Harrison's Historicall Description of the Islande of Britayne. It addresses the following questions: How systematic a view of England and Wales did Harrison provide? Should we understand his compilation as intrinsic or eccentric to contemporary efforts to provide new, detailed, and accurate maps of Britain? And since much of the mapping of Britain in the second half of the sixteenth century was sponsored, or at least overseen, by the royal government, in what relation do such mappings stand to sovereign power?

Keywords: Chronicles; William Harrison; Description of Britain; spatial representation; sovereign power

Article.  8489 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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