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Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (2 of 8)   By: (-1580?)

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In "Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (2 of 8)" by Raphael Holinshed, readers are taken on a historical journey through England's past. This comprehensive book serves as a valuable resource for anyone interested in British history, and despite its age, it remains an influential piece of literature.

Holinshed skillfully weaves together a vivid narrative that covers various periods, from Britain's early beginnings to the reign of Henry VIII. The author's attention to detail and meticulous research are evident throughout the book, making it a reliable historical account. Holinshed's engaging writing style breathes life into the events, bringing them closer to the reader and creating an immersive experience.

One of the book's greatest strengths is the inclusion of sources and references, allowing readers to delve deeper into specific topics or facts. Holinshed's meticulous nature is evident in the extensive footnotes, which add an additional layer of authenticity to the historical account.

The wealth of information contained within these pages is astounding. Holinshed takes great care to present a balanced view of the events, providing multiple sides of the story whenever possible. This approach adds depth and complexity to the history, allowing readers to form their own opinions and interpretations.

While the comprehensiveness of the book is a strength, it can also be overwhelming for readers who are not well-versed in British history. The sheer volume of information and the occasional heavy use of archaic language may pose a challenge for some readers, making it a book better suited for those with prior knowledge or a keen interest in the subject matter.

Despite these potential challenges, "Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (2 of 8)" is an invaluable resource for history enthusiasts. Holinshed's passion for his subject shines through, and his dedication to providing an accurate account of England's history is admirable. This book serves as a gateway into the past, immersing readers in a rich tapestry of events and characters that continue to shape the nation.

Overall, "Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (2 of 8)" by Raphael Holinshed is a must-read for anyone seeking a comprehensive overview of British history. Despite its age, the book remains a cornerstone in historical literature, and the author's meticulous research and engaging writing style make it an enjoyable and informative read. Whether you are an avid historian or simply curious about England's past, this book is an excellent choice.

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Of Brute and his descent, how he slue his father in hunting, his banishment, his letter to king Pandrasus, against whom he wageth battell, taketh him prisoner, and concludeth peace vpon conditions.


Hitherto haue we spoken of the inhabitants of this Ile before the comming of Brute, although some will néeds haue it, that he was the first which inhabited the same with his people descended of the Troians, some few giants onelie excepted whom he vtterlie destroied, and left not one of them aliue through the whole Ile. But as we shall not doubt of Brutes comming hither, so may we assuredly thinke, that he found the Ile peopled either with the generation of those which Albion the giant had placed here, or some other kind of people whom he did subdue, and so reigned as well ouer them as ouer those which he brought with him.

[Sidenote: Humfr. Lhoyd .] This Brutus, or Brytus [for this letter (Y) hath of ancient time had the sounds both of V and I] (as the author of the booke which Geffrey of Monmouth translated dooth affirme) was the sonne of Siluius, the sonne of Ascanius, the sonne of Aeneas the Troian, begotten of his wife Creusa, & borne in Troie, before the citie was destroied... Continue reading book >>

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