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English chronicles, early Tudor period


English chronicles published between 1485 and 1547 are studied here to determine how they dealt with contemporary history. These chronicles obviously covered the distant past, but many end well before the date of publication. Today contemporary history is of great importance to the public as evidenced by a variety of published works, periodicals, and most recently the internet. An analysis of early Tudor chronicles reveals that while many were indifferent to the recent past, others clearly laid the foundation for a focus on the contemporary era. The recognized authors of the chronicles included in this study are Richard Arnold, John Byddell, Johann Carion, Richard Fabyan, Edward Hall, John Hardyng, John Mychell, and William Powell. Most of the chronicles appeared in more than one version and included the work of writers who were not the recognized authors, especially Richard Grafton.