The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0821  Monday, 5 April 2004

From:           Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 2 Apr 2004 14:58:00 -0800
Subject:        Last Page of Hall's Chronicle

I am pleased to report that I have transcribed the last page of Hall's
Chronicle (from the facsimiles of the 1550 edition online at Penn), and
take the liberty of including the text below.  I decline even my wife's
astounded congratulations, for having done the Henrys from IV to VIII, I
must return to do "Edward Four, Five, Dick the Bad" (if you'll recall
the mnemonic to memorize the kings and queens).  With the usual provisos
that the transcription needs some proofreading and additional
annotation, I'd like to offer extracts from the 1399-1461 and 1485-1547
sections to any SHAKSPER subscribers who might need them.  Format is MS
Word with heavy use of the table feature, which results in
multi-megabyte files.

My edition is a conservative diplomatic transcription, but the tail-end
of Hall below was slightly adapted to this plain-ASCII post.  The last
two lines of fol. 262v and fol. 263r may be found online at
and ...1309:

Althoughe this peace pleased, both the Englysh and the French nacions,
yet surely both mistrusted, the continuaunce of thesame, considering the
old Prouerbe, that the iye seeth, the harte rueth, for the French men
styll longed for Bulleyn, and the Englyshmen minded not to geue it ouer:
  in so much as duryng the Admiralles of Fraunce beynge in Englande, the
captayn of the newe fortresse, began to make a Pile, euen at the very
hauen mouth of Bulleyn:  but the Lorde Gray capitain there put awaye the
worke men, and toke awaye their tooles, and filled the trenches, to the
Frenchmennes great displeasure.  And after the Frenche kynge caused vpon
a great payn, that al the trenches, and newe inuencions should be cast
doune, and fylled by his owne people, leaste he should seme to be the
breaker of the peace.

In this yere was arreigned, condempned and burned, for affirming
opinions, contrary to the sixe articles, foure persones, that is to
saye, Anne Askew Gentlewoman, Ihon Lacelles a Gentleman, Nicholas
Otterden Prieste, and Ihon Adlam a Taylor:  all these were burned in
Smithfelde, the .xvj. day of Iuly:  and because the whole processe of
their matters is by diuerse wryters set furth, therfore I passe it ouer.
  In Ianuary were attaynted of hygh treason, Thomas duke of Norfolke,
and Henry his sonne erle of Surrey which erle was behedded at the Tower

Now approched to thys noble kyng, that whych is by God decreed, and
appoynted to all menne, for at thys ceason in the monethe of Ianuary, he
yelded hys spirite to almightie God, and departed thys worlde, and lyeth
buryed at Wyndsore.  And the laste daye of Ianuary was hys true, lawful
and onely sonne Prynce Edwarde Proclaymed kyng, of all his fathers
dominions, and the .xix.  daye of February, was crouned and anoynted
Kynge of thys realme, whome Iesu preserue, longe to reygne ouer vs.

F I N I S.

That's a wonderful bit of comic opera between the French and English at
Boulogne.  Hall could not have known that the minuet was for nought, as
the English sold Boulogne back to the French in 1550, and lost Calais in

It's ironic that while Henry VIII was an accomplished versifier and,
probably, composer, his last victim was Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey,
developer of the English form of the sonnet and pioneer in blank verse.

Al Magary

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