King John. Holinshed's Chronicle, a Shakespeare source.

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One of Shakespeare’s primary history sources.

King John’s greed & London Bridge.

Raphael Holinshed published his Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1577. Shakespeare used the Chronicles 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.

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

Recto:   As Verso.

Printer:  Henry Bynneman, London.

Date: 1577

Content: A section of the text on Verso reads:  “The king taking this matter very displeasantly, seized upon all their temporalities, and converted the same to his use, and persecuted such other of the Prelacie as he knew to favour their doings, banishing them the realm and seizing their goods also into his hands”.

Another section details “repayres to London Bridge”: “Where as this time the Bridge over Thames at London was made of tymber, and was ruled, guided and repayred by a fraternitie or Colledge of Priests : this yeare by great ayde of the Citizens of London and other passing that way, the same bridge was begonne to be made of stone.”

Condition:  This leaf is in fair antiquarian condition.   The top and outer margins have been trimmed with some loss to the heading and marginal notes. There is some creasing and surface dirt. Nevertheless, the text is complete and legible. The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

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

Item No:  PSE090a

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