Ralph Griffiths

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 accounts of Wales in Holinshed's Chronicles. Wales's history receives detailed treatment in the Chronicles frequently up to Edward I's reign but decidedly infrequently thereafter. Both Harrison and Holinshed regarded Wales as part of the king's wider realm, yet with a distinctive history. Harrison never set foot in Wales and relied on descriptions and maps, by English and Welsh authors, for his account of its landscape, people, institutions, and language. By contrast, Holinshed was acquainted with north-east Wales, to which he gave particular attention in his chronicle of Anglo-Welsh relations, from confrontation to accommodation. To both writers, the two countries had become intimately and peacefully related.

Keywords: Chronicles; Welsh history; English history; William Harrison; Raphael Holinshed

Article.  8544 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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