(London: Printed for The Camden Society by John Bowyer Nichols and Son, 1839). 225 x 170 mm (8 3/4 x 6 3/4"). xxvii, , 79,  pp.Edited by James Orchard Halliwell. FIRST EDITION.
Publisher's blind-stamped green buckram, smooth spine with gilt titling. With a facsimile leaf from the Warkworth manuscript. Front pastedown with bookplate of Elizabeth Pond-Kimball; half title with ink signature of B. G.[?] Boule. Spine slightly sunned, light soiling to boards, corners and extremities a little bumped, a little discoloration to endpapers (from binder's glue), isolated trivial marginal stains, but an excellent copy, clean and fresh, in a solid binding.
This account of the years 1461-74 was written in 1484, during the reign of Richard III, but left unpublished until Victoria's time. A continuation of the "Chronicles of England," the text was long attributed to John Warkworth (ca. 1425-1500), head of Peterhouse College, Cambridge, primarily because one of the two known manuscripts was among the books he donated to the college library. Medievalist Lister Matheson believes the author is more likely one of the other fellows of Peterhouse, Roger Lancaster or Thomas Metcalf. According to DNB, "The chronicle has some pro-Lancastrian bias, such as sympathy for the deposed Henry VI, and criticism of Edward IV for failing to establish peace and end the hardships caused by war. Nevertheless, the tone is generally moderate and reasonably objective. Scholars have valued it for the information it gives about events in the north, such as Edward IV's subjugation of Northumberland, Henry VI's capture of Lancaster (1465), the rebellion in Lincolnshire (1470), and the battle of Tewkesbury (1471). Written . . . after Richard III had become king, it does not include charges against Richard found in Tudor works, such as his being involved with the murder of Henry VI." (ST16215k)
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