Holinshed's Chronicles / Alison Taufer.

By: Taufer, AlisonMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Twayne's English authors series: TEAS 556.Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers, c1999Description: xviii, 164 p. : ill. ; 23 cmISBN: 0805745815 (alk. paper); 9780805745818 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Holinshed, Raphael, d. 1580? Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande | Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603 -- Historiography | Great Britain -- History -- To 1485 -- Historiography | Historiography -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Holinshed's Chronicles.DDC classification: 941 LOC classification: DA130 | .T38 1999Summary: Alison Taufer presents an overview of all areas of the "Chronicles" and identifies Raphael Holinshed and the other authors.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 150-154) and index.

Alison Taufer presents an overview of all areas of the "Chronicles" and identifies Raphael Holinshed and the other authors.

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The scholar Raphael Holinshed helped put together the huge history Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland published in 1577. Although Holinshed died in 1580 and so played no role in preparing the revised and expanded version of 1587, which served Shakespeare as a vital source for his English and Scottish history, both the 1577 and 1587 texts are known as "Holinshed's Chronicles," the dozen collaborators remaining largely neglected. In this excellent study, Taufer (California State Univ., Los Angeles) helps readers distinguish the inclinations and the voices of the multiple contributors, which range from breezy to pedantic, from skeptical to superstitious, from strongly Protestant to philo-Catholic. Taufer does a particularly fine job of distinguishing the aims and procedures of 1577 from those of 1587. This achievement makes the book important for any student of Elizabethan history, the Chronicles being a splendid "anthropological treasure horde" for students of the 16th century. Chapters on Scotland and Ireland are especially well handled. This fine, crisply written volume belongs in every college library. Undergraduates can consult it with confidence; graduate students and faculty, few of whom have paid much attention to the unreprinted 1577 work, have much to learn from it. Up-to-date bibliography. Highly recommended. E. D. Hill; Mount Holyoke College

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