The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles

The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles, edited by Paulina Kewes, Ian W. Archer, and Felicity Heal was published in December 2012 by Oxford University Press.

The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1577, 1587), issued under the name of Raphael Holinshed, was the crowning achievement of Tudor historiography, and became the principal source for the historical writings of Spenser, Daniel, and above all, Shakespeare. While scholars have long been drawn to Holinshed's Chronicles as an important source for later writers, they typically dismissed it as a baggy collection of materials, lacking coherent form and analytical insight. This condescending verdict has only recently given way to an appreciation of the literary and historical qualities of these chronicles.

The Handbook is a major interdisciplinary undertaking which gives the lie to Holinshed's detractors, and provides original interpretations of a book that has lacked sustained academic scrutiny. Bringing together leading specialists in a variety of fields - literature, history, religion, classics, bibliography, and the history of the book - the Handbook demonstrates that the Chronicles powerfully reflect the nature of Tudor thinking about the past, about politics and society, and about the literary and rhetorical means by which readers might be persuaded of the truth of the narrative. The volume shows how distinctive it was for one book to chronicle the history of three nations of the British archipelago.

The various sections of the Handbook analyze the making of the two editions of the Chronicles; the relationship of the work to medieval and early modern historiography; its formal properties; genres and audience; attitudes to politics, religion, and society; literary appropriations; and the parallel descriptions and histories of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The result is a seminal study that shows unequivocally the vitality and complexity of the chronicle form in the late sixteenth century.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface and Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations

Abbreviations

Note on References to the Chronicles

Notes on Contributors

Prologue

IAN W. ARCHER, FELICITY HEAL, AND PAULINA KEWES



PART I: THE MAKING OF HOLINSHED

1. The Genesis of the Two Editions
FELICITY HEAL AND HENRY SUMMERSON

2. Printers, Publishers, and the Chronicles as Artefact
DAVID SCOTT KASTAN AND AARON T. PRATT

3. Censorship
CYNDIA SUSAN CLEGG

4. Sources: 1577
HENRY SUMMERSON

5. Sources: 1587
HENRY SUMMERSON

6. Harrison's 'Chronology' and Descriptions of Britain
GLYN PARRY

7. Illustrations in the 1577 Edition
JAMES A. KNAPP


PART II: HISTORIOGRAPHY

8. Holinshed and the Native Chronicle Tradition
ALEXANDRA GILLESPIE AND OLIVER HARRIS

9. Holinshed and Mythical History
LAURA ASHE

 10. Holinshed and the Middle Ages
HARRIET ARCHER

 11. Leland and Other Precursors
JAMES CARLEY

 12 Holinshed and Hall
SCOTT LUCAS

13. Holinshed and Foxe
THOMAS S. FREEMAN AND SUSANNAH MONTA

14. Later Historians and Holinshed
WYMAN HERENDEEN

15 The Wider World of Chronicling
DANIEL WOOLF


PART III: FORM, STYLE, AND RECEPTION

16. Genres
TRICIA McELROY

17. Rhetoric
JENNIFER RICHARDS

18. Holinshed and the Classics
JUDITH MOSSMAN

19. Shows and Pageants
ELIZABETH GOLDRING AND JAYNE ELISABETH ARCHER

20. Narrative Voice and Influencing the Reader
MATTHEW WOODCOCK

21 Readership and Reception
FELICITY HEAL


PART IV: POLITICS, SOCIETY, AND RELIGION

22. Monarchy
JOHN WATTS

23. Social Order and Disorder
IAN W. ARCHER

24. Religious Ideology
PETER MARSHALL

25. Providentialism
ALEXANDRA WALSHAM

26. War
PAUL E. J. HAMMER

 27. The International Context
STEVEN GUNN

 28. Tudor Kings and Queens
SUSAN DORAN


PART V: LITERARY APPROPRIATIONS

29. History Plays and the Royal Succession
PAULINA KEWES

30. Shakespeare and Medieval History
IGOR DJORDJEVIC

31. Shakespeare and British History
RICHARD DUTTON

32. Spenser and Holinshed
RICHARD A. McCABE

33. Daniel and Holinshed
GILLIAN WRIGHT

34. Later Appropriations
BART VAN ES


PART VI: ARCHIPELAGIC HOLINSHED

35. Archipelagic History
PHILIP SCHWYZER

36. Mapping England and Wales
ALFRED HIATT

37. England
RALPH HOULBROOKE

38. Scotland
ROGER MASON

39. Ireland
COLM LENNON
   
40. Wales
RALPH GRIFFITHS



Appendix A: Contents of the two Editions of the Chronicles by Signature
TIM SMITH-LAING

Appendix B: Raphael Holinshed: New Light on a Shadowy Life
HENRY SUMMERSON

Bibliography

Index