Chronicle Plays Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Boas, Frederick, S. “Senecan Chronicle-Play at Cambridge.” In University Drama in the Tudor Age, pp. 109-32. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1914.

Study of chronicle plays performed by students at Cambridge University in the sixteenth century.

Champion, Larry S. ”The Noise of the Threatening Drum”: Dramatic Strategy and Political Ideology in Shakespeare and the English Chronicle Plays. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1990.

Includes chapters on nine of the major chronicle plays, focusing on the political ideology expressed in these works as well as their portrayal of political events of the time.

Rackin, Phyllis. Stages of History: Shakespeare's English Chronicles. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990, 256 p.

Overview of the developments in English historiography and their relationship to Shakespeare's chronicle plays.

Schwartz, Kathryn. “Fearful Simile: Stealing the Breech in Shakespeare's Chronicle Plays.” Shakespeare Quarterly 49 (1998): 142-67.

Discusses the female characters in Shakespeare's history plays.

Smith, Robert Metcalf. Froissart and the English Chronicle Play. 1915. Reprint. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1965, 165 p.

Study designed “to disclose the relationship existing between the Chronicles of John Froissart and historical literature in England up to the seventeenth century when Tudor Chronicle plays vanished from the stage.”

West, Gilian. “Hardyng's Chronicle and Shakespeare's Hotspur.” Shakespeare Quarterly 41 (fall 1990): 348-51.

Points to Hardyng's history rather than Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland as a source for the characterization of Hotspur in Shakespeare's Henry IV.