Holinshed Project

Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland was an important work of Tudor historiography, and the most important source for contemporary playwrights and poets like Shakespeare, Spenser, Daniel, and Drayton. It was first printed in 1577, and a second, revised and expanded edition followed in 1587. Various authors worked together on it. Each contributor responded differently to the politics and religion of their own age, thereby providing a multi-vocal view of British history.

This website offers a complete old-spelling annotated edition of the work, available under ‘The texts.’ Both the 1577 and the 1587 edition are available, and can also be viewed side by side. The text can be navigated by the original chapter headings, subsection headings, or regnal years. It is also possible to do a basic search in the texts. Digital facsimiles can be viewed of the original pages from the EEBO-Text Creation Partnership.

Some chapters also have annotations. In addition, the website contains various scholarly resources for the investigation of the text.

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Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 9:52am
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