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date: 22 July 2019

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This article explores the genres of early modern prose history through Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles. The two folio volumes contained separate descriptions and histories of England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland; in 1587 these were revised and expanded into three volumes. Both editions were collaborative efforts: not only were they written by multiple authors, those authors themselves also worked by patching from earlier texts. Within the Chronicle there were sections of elevated humanist history (in the form, for example, of Sir Thomas More's elegant unfinished monograph on the reign of King Richard III) but these sat alongside less carefully written material including descriptions of pageants, frosts, banquets, plagues, rains, and fires, and details of the punishments meted out to heretics.

Keywords: historical prose, English prose, early modern prose history, Chronicles

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