Using a variety of sources including chronicles, annals, secular and sacred biographies and monographs on local histories Historical Writing in England by Antonia Gransden offers a comprehensive critical survey of historical writing in England from the mid-sixth century to the early sixteenth century. Based on the study of the sources themselves, these volumes also offer a critical assessment of secondary sources and historiographical development.
Table of Contents
HISTORICAL WRITING IN ENGLAND c.550 - c. 1307 Introduction, 1 Gildas and Nennius, 2 Bede, 3 Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, 4 Anglo-Saxon Secular Narrative History and Royal Biography, 5 Anglo-Saxon Sacred Biography and Local History, 6 Historians of the Norman Conquest, 7 Anglo-Norman Sacred Biography and Local History, 8 Anglo-Norman Historians, 9 William of Malmesbury, 10 Historians of King Stephen's Reign, 11 Historians of the Reigns of Henry II and Richard I: the 4 Seculars', 12 Historians of the Reigns of Henry II and Richard I: the4 Religious' 13 Local History from the Reign of King Stephen to John 14 Sacred Biography from the Reign of Henry II to John 15 Historians of King John's Reign 16 Matthew Paris and the St Albans School of Historiography 17 Historical Writing at Bury St Edmunds in the Thirteenth Century, 18 Chronicles in the Reign of Henry III, 19 Chronicles in the Reign of Edward I, 20 Mendicant Chronicles, 21 The Chronicle of London HISTORICAL WRITING IN ENGLAND II c.1307 to the Early Sixteenth Century, Introduction, Chroniclers of the Reign of Edward II 2 Ranulf Higden 3 Chroniclers of the Reign of Edward III: the 'Seculars' and Laymen, 4 Chroniclers of the Reign of Edward III: the 'Religious' 5 Thomas Walsingham 6 Chroniclers of the Reign of Richard II 7 The Biographies of Henry V 8 The Brut Chronicles and the Chronicles of London m the Fifteenth Century 9 Chroniclers of the Wars of the Roses: English 10 Chroniclers of the Wars of the Roses: Foreign 11 The Antiquaries: John Rous and William Worcester 12 The End of the Monastic Tradition of Historiography: Thomas Elmham, Thomas Burton, and John Whethamsted 13 The End of the Monastic Tradition of Historiography: Minor Works, 14 The Humanist Historian: Thomas More and Polydore Vergil, Epilogue
'Invaluable for the student of the period.' - Clio
'Gransden has added a major book to the historiography of the English middle ages, and a fascinating book at that.' - A.Z. Freeman
'A very useful volume that will serve as a basic work of reference for many years to come.' - American Historical Review
'These two volumes are, by any reckoning a most remarkable achievement, and one for which scholars for very many years continue to be indebted.' - The Antiquaries Journal