1587 - Holinshed, Raphael - Chronicles (2)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1587
Author Holinshed, Raphael
Title Holinshed's Chronicles
Mentions Henry VIII and eleven others enter queen's chamber dressed as Robin Hood's men, equipped with bows and arrows, swords and bucklers. They perform certain dances and pastimes

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.


[...] The king soone after came to Westminster, and there kept his Shrouetide with great bankettings, dansings, and other iollie pastimes.
 And on a time the king in person, accompanied with the earles of Essex, Wiltshire and other noble men, to the number of twelue, came suddenlie in a morning into the queenes chamber, all apparelled in short coates of Kentish Kendall, with hoodes on their heads & hosen of the same, euerie one of them his bow and arrowes, and a sword and a buckler, like outlawes, or Robin Hoods men. Whereat the queene, the ladies, and all other there were abashed, as well for the strange sight, as also for their sudden comming, and after certeine danses and pastime made, they departed. On Shrouesundaie the same yeare, the king prepared a goodlie banket in the parlement chamber at Westminster, for all the ambassadors, which then were here out of diuerse realmes and countries. [...][1]

Source notes

The passage occurs under the year 1510.[2]. Marginal note against line beginning "And on a time": "Edw. Hall in H.8.fol.vj. The king with other nobles disguised like Robin hoods men for disport"; against line beginning "yeare, the king prepared": "banket". I have silently omitted hyphens that occur at line endings. The second paragraph cited above is not found in the 1577 edition of Holinshed's Chronicles.

Readers wishing to look up passages cited on IRHB in the original editions should be careful to note the book and chapter names etc. cited in IRHB's source references. The collations of the 1577 and 1587 editions of Holinshed are unusually confused, some sequences being paginated, some having leaf numbers, some neither. Note also that although the 1577 edition is in four volumes and that of 1587 in six, they were often bound (issued?) in two, respectively three, volumes. This is often reflected in PDFs of early editions.




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