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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1452  Thursday, 17 July 2003

From:           Holger Schott <
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Date:           Friday, 11 Jul 2003 19:27:00 -0400
Subject:        Holinshed

Dear SHAKSPERians --

John Manning claims in his Camden Society edition of John Hayward's
_Life and Raigne of King Henrie III_ (1991, p. 21) that ""The details of
[Richard II's] deposition, for example, thoroughly described in the 1577
edition of Holinshed's Chronicles, had been censored from the 1587
edition." I can't find any evidence for this claim -- I have looked at
both editions of Holinshed, and, although there are dramatic differences
in layout (significant enough, to be sure, but hardly the consequence of
censorship), the only difference in content I could find were minor
additions to _1587_, no deletions. Annabel Patterson doesn't mention any
state interference with this episode in her 1994 _Reading Holinshed's_
Chronicles either.

Does anyone know more about this? Was _1587_ censored during its
print-run, so that there are versions that contain the full description
of the deposition, and others that don't? Manning doesn't cite a source
for his assertion.

Many thanks for your help,

Best,
Holger Schott

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