First complete translation of detailed chronicle of medieval England, one of Shakespeare's most important sources. The version of Walsingham's chronicle used here is the one published by Riley in the Rolls Series as the Historia Anglicana. This is the latest and most summary of the recensions of Walsingham's narratives. Its twin attractions are its conceptual unity and its brisk review of the period 1376–1422; its all too obvious drawback is the omission of much of the detail found in the longer recensions.
This new edition hardly serves as a substitute for the full Oxford Medieval Texts edition of Walsingham's work in prospect when the second volume from Childs and Taylor is published. In the meantime, however, it will be of considerable value in the teaching of undergraduate Special Subjects, and it will surely find a place in many university and college libraries.