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John Benet’s Chronicle, 1399-1462

An English Translation with New Introduction

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About this book

John Benet's Chronicle, 1399-1462 is the first English translation of a fifteenth-century Latin chronicle which has been much used by medievalists since it was published in 1972. Lively and entertaining, it richly deserves the much wider readership that translation can now attract.

The introduction argues that John Benet, vicar of Harlington, was only the — rather inefficient — copyist of a chronicle composed by an unidentified writer. Internal clues suggest that the real author was a Londoner who was exceptionally well-informed about events and people in the period of the Wars of the Roses. He was possibly a clerk to the signet, as this book investigates further.

About the author

Alison Hanham was formerly Associate Professor in History, Massey University, New Zealand. She is now retired and writes on Early Modern History and Literature, and has published The Cely Letters, 1472-1488.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: John Benet’s Chronicle, 1399-1462

  • Book Subtitle: An English Translation with New Introduction

  • Authors: Alison Hanham

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-58919-4Published: 13 December 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: 80

  • Topics: History of Britain and Ireland, Social History, History of Medieval Europe

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