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date: 25 January 2020

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This chapter discusses the influence of Holinshed's Chronicles on the poetry of Samuel Daniel. The Civil Wars is considered the most powerful testament to the intellectual depth and seriousness of Daniel's engagement with history. Nowhere is that engagement more profound than in his use of Holinshed's Chronicles. Holinshed provided much of the evidence underpinning several of Daniel's characteristic emphases as a historian: in particular, his insistence on the difficulty – sometimes, the impossibility – of reconstructing personal motives and historical causes, and his resistance to the overdetermining effects of hindsight.

Keywords: Samuel Daniel, English poets, poetry, English history, personal motives, historical causes, hindsight

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