The parallel text version of Holinshed's Chronicles is now available online, allowing you to compare the two editions of 1577 and 1587, and to navigate by the original chapter headings and by regnal years. This resource makes use of the TEI Comparator Tool developed by the Research Services Team at the Oxford University Computing Services.
New content on website. Dr Summerson has completed his analysis of the sources underlying the Chronicles.
Henry Summerson has completed the latest section of his analysis of the sources used by the Holinshed team. He has already produced detailed listings of the main sources, and sources mentioned in passing; the latest piece analyses the anonymous sources.
The authors of the two editions of Holinshed’s Chronicles were learned men who cited a wide range of sources, including some now lost. Recent investigations by Dr Summerson have found embedded in the second edition some references to and quotations from a major source for the last years of pre-Conquest England, the Vita Ædwardi Regis, a life of King Edward the Confessor that survives only in an incomplete text. They include a lively sequence of Latin verses which until now has been completely unknown. Further research among the papers of John Stow has brought to light other parts of the Vita, among them an account of the consecration of Westminster Abbey which is otherwise recorded only in later paraphrases. An article giving full details of these discoveries, with transcripts of the relevant passages, will appear in the next issue of Anglo Saxon England.
The project has applied to the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust for funding for the full edition.
A successful workshop bringing together contributors to the edition and Handbook was held at Jesus College, Oxford on 5th to 8th January 2009.
Members of the Project Team all presented papers at the Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium which took place in Cambridge from 11th-13th July, 2008. The papers are being posted on the website.
The Holinshed project has been awarded a substantial grant by Oxford University's John Fell Fund for the calendar year 2008. This is designed to enable our researcher, Dr Henry Summerson, to produce 'tagged' electronic versions of the 1577 and 1587 editions of the text. These will be mounted on the web for the benefit of future Holinshed researchers.