A Chronicle of England during the Reigns of the Tudors, from A.D. 1485 to 1559 - Vol. 1

A Chronicle of England during the Reigns of the Tudors, from A.D. 1485 to 1559 - Vol. 1

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A Chronicle of England during the Reigns of the Tudors, from A.D. 1485 to 1559 - Vol. 1

A Chronicle of England during the Reigns of the Tudors, from A.D. 1485 to 1559 - Vol. 1

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In its main features this History may be described as a continuation of "The Customes of London," by Richard Arnold, from which the earlier portion, i.e. as far as the 11th year of Henry VIII., is a mere plagiarism. After that date the Chronicle becomes original, and contains much valuable information. From internal evidence it would appear to be the work of a scholar, and to have been written contemporaneously, the events being jotted down from day to day as they occurred. The characteristic of City Chronicles is maintained throughout by the adoption of the civic year, marking the term of office of each Lord Mayor instead of the regnal year of the sovereign, thus causing an apparent confusion in the chronology. This form was probably adopted by our author as he found it already employed by Richard Arnold, whose reign of Henry VII. he made the commencement of his history, with but slight variations, for the reasons subsequently explained. It has therefore been thought advisable to retain this peculiar division of the year in the text, but in the margin the Anno Domini and regnal years have been added in their correct places, so that the reader will experience but little inconvenience from this deviation from the ordinary chronology. Whether the author of the Chronicle placed the regnal year in its present position in the text as synonymous with Lord Mayor's Day, or whether it was afterwards transferred thither from the margin by the copyist, is an open question. In the earlier editions of most City Chronicles the name of the new Lord Mayor and sheriffs for the succeeding year are inserted in a blank space in the text left for this purpose in the

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