By James G. Clark, David Preest

Translated via David Preest with creation and notes by means of James G. Clark Thomas Walsingham's Chronica maiora is likely one of the such a lot finished and vibrant chronicles to outlive from medieval England. Walsingham was once a monk at St Albans Abbey, a royal monastery and the foremost repository of public files, and for that reason good positioned to watch the political machinations of this era at shut hand. additionally, he knew the monarchs and plenty of of the nobles for my part and is ready to supply insights into their activities unequalled through the other authority. it truly is this chronicle, transmitted via well known Tudor histories, that educated a few of the valuable dramas of Shakespeare's historical past cycle. protecting virtually fifty years, the narrative presents the main authoritative account of 1 of the main turbulent sessions in English historical past, from the final years of Edward III (1376-77) to the untimely loss of life of Henry V (1422). Walsingham describes the numerous dramas of this era in bright element, together with the Peasants' rebellion (1381), the deposition and homicide of Richard II (1399-1400), The Welsh rebel of Owain Glyn Dwr (1403) and Henry V's victory at Agincourt (1415); they're dropped at lifestyles right here during this new translation.

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See also M. McKisack, Medieval History in the Tudor Age (London, 1971), pp. 41–2. 154 BL, Harley MS 6217, fos 3r–20r, a paper booklet of twenty folios wrapped in a vellum bi-folium; according to a note on the wrapper the translation is from the Latin text in BL, Harley MS 3634. See also McKisack, Medieval History, pp. 111–14. 155 Printed at Frankfurt in 1603. 156 Thomae Walsingham quondam monachi sancti Albani Historia Anglicana, ed. H. T. Riley, 2 vols, Rolls Series 28/1 (1863–64); Chronicon Angliae, ab anno domini 1328 usque ad annum 1388, auctore monachi quodam sancti Albani, ed.

3 Wyclif was examined at St Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday 17 February. The presence of Percy, who held the office of marshal, may represent a move by Gaunt both to intimidate the bishops and to undermine the civic autonomy of the city of London. Walsingham’s confidence in the examination process was misplaced. The palpable hostility between Gaunt, Percy and the two bishops brought it to an end before any sanctions against Wyclif could be properly promulgated. 4 The unrest occurred on day after Wyclif ’s examination (18 February) when it was alleged that Percy had exercised his right as marshal to arrest suspected supporters of Wyclif within the city walls.

8 The truce negotiated at Bruges in 1375 had been maintained for two years but was now perilously close to being broken. 9 According to the Anonimalle author on this occasion Richard also knighted Thomas of Woodstock, Henry of Derby (the future Henry IV), the heirs of Beaumont, Mowbray, Oxford, Percy, Stafford and even the son of Alice Perrers: AC, p. 106. 1 It is shameful to record that at his bedside during the whole period of his illness was that unspeakable whore, Alice Perrers, who in his middle age had always satisfied all his desires of the flesh.

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