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What is the definition of chronicle?

The definition of chronicle is a detailed record of events written down as a continuous and typically systematic narrative with little to no interpretation or analysis.

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Chronicle (also called history) - a detailed and continuous record of events, usually a systematic account or narration of events that contain little or no interpretation or analysis.

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The word is from the Greek khronos, meaning “time,” and khronik, meaning “annals.”

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Chronicles were used as a form of history from Roman times until the early 1600s when they were largely replaced by biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, logs, travel books, and narratives of sea voyages and exploration.

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Shakespeare adapted Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1577) for his history plays, such as Henry V.


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