Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland was at once the crowning achievement of Tudor historiography and the most important single source for contemporary playwrights and poets, above all Shakespeare, Spenser, Daniel, and Drayton. Popularly known as Holinshed’s Chronicles, the work was first printed in 1577. The second, revised and expanded, edition followed in 1587.
The Holinshed Project hopes, should funding be made available, to co-ordinate a new fifteen volume edition of the Chronicles to be published by Oxford University Press. In the meantime they are developing a parallel text edition of the two versions of the Chronicles published in 1577 and 1587. This will enable all interested in the Chronicles to make comparisons between the two texts, and provide an essential tool for the later full edition. Although the differences between the two versions are generally acknowledged, there has been no systematic study of the variations.
You can find out more about the project – and read working papers and information about the original compilers of the Chronicles – at the Holinshed Project Homepage: