"The Chronicles of England, or other such substantial literature"

Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland is a collaborative work first published in 1577 with a revised version appearing in 1587. It not only provides an exhaustive account of Britain’s history but also details its flora and fauna, minerals, weights and measures, laws, currency, customs and clothing, making it an invaluable resource for historians. The ambition of its scope is reflected by the fact that it spans several volumes and runs to around 3,000 densely-printed pages. Both the 1577 and 1587 editions, together with useful background information, can be accessed here.

Open page from Holinshed's Chronicles
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Holinshed's Chronicles in six volumes
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumHolinshed's Chronicles in six volumes - Credit: Rooke Books