Holinshed's Chronicle, 1577. Richard the Second.

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One of Shakespeare’s primary history sources for his play Richard the Second.

Verso: Text in English printed in two columns in a blackletter font on watermarked laid paper. Heading and marginal notes printed in a Roman font.

Recto:As Verso. 

Printer:  Henry Bynneman, London

Date 1577

Content:  A section of the text describes the marriage of the “King of Portingale and the Lady Phillip, daughter of the Duke of Lancaster”.Other sections describe battles in Spain where the King of Portingale“assembled an armye of a thousande menne of armes, and tenne thousande other souldiers, wyth the whyche, entring the confines of Castille, hee firste tooke the Towne of Feroule…”

Condition:This leaf is in fair antiquarian condition.There is age-related surface marking and edge browning, light stains and a small loss of paper through “worming” in the right margin. Nevertheless, the text is complete and perfectly legible. Some marginal notes have been trimmed hard on the outer margin with the loss of a couple of letters. The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

Notes: Raphael Holinshed published his Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1577. Shakespeare used the revised edition of the Chronicles, published in 1587, as his favourite and most trusted source for the series of plays he wrote about English history. Later, he returned to Holinshed for the stories of some of his greatest tragedies. The plot of Macbeth came largely from Holinshed as did portions of King Lear and Cymbeline.

Richard II, written around 1595, is the first play in Shakespeare's second "history tetralogy," a series of four plays that chronicles the rise of the house of Lancaster to the British throne. (Its sequel plays are Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, and Henry V.) Richard II, set around the year 1398, traces the fall from power of the last king of the house of Plantagenet, Richard II, and his replacement by the first Lancaster king, Henry IV (Henry Bolingbroke).

Size:  Leaf: approx. 270x190 mm. Archivally mounted, ready to frame.

Item No:PSE086 

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