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[hol-inz-hed, hol-in-shed]
  1. Raphael,died c1580, English chronicler.
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Examples from the Web for holinshed

Historical Examples

  • Holinshed makes Duncan have "too much of clemencie," and Macbeth "too much of crueltie."

    The Man Shakespeare

    Frank Harris

  • "Cymbeline" is founded on Holinshed, and probably may be dated 1610.

    William Shakespeare

    Samuel Levy Bensusan

  • A reprint of the passages in Holinshed's Chronicles which Shakespeare used.

    The Facts About Shakespeare

    William Allan Nielson

  • They used Holinshed and Fabyan readily enough for their Histories.

  • In the historical scenes he follows closely the Chronicles of Holinshed.

    William Shakespeare

    John Masefield

British Dictionary definitions for holinshed



  1. Raphael. died ?1580, English chronicler. His Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1577) provided material for Shakespeare's historical and legendary plays
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