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Richard Baker was a 16th-century English Protestant historian who is best known for his chronicle the royals of England. In 1643, Baker first published ‘A Chronicle of the Kings of England’ – a work that was met with considerable success. Going through a number of editions into the mid-18th-century, ‘Chronicle’, according to Brownley,

“provides some useful measures of the changes in English historical narratives from the civil wars to the early 18th-century. Baker thus offers a base for perspectives on an era crucial not only for the development of English historical writing itself, but also for related developments in other genres that occurred partly in reaction to changes in the form and content of narrative histories.”

In other words, Baker’s ‘Chronicle’ was a primary influence in the way historical narratives would be written from the 17th-century onward.

 

Curiously, Baker decided to include a plethora of minor incidents that were not included in more high-profile histories. (per Brownley)

  • a feast attended by William I where a lord was attacked by mice who followed him until they ate him alive
  • Prince Eustace IV, son of Stephen, was upset at the monks of Abbey of Bury for denying him money, so he burned their cornfields – then promptly died by the wrath of God!
  • Accounts of floods, fires, frosts, and earthquakes during each reign
  • a dragon of marvelous bigness!”
  • “monstrous fish” over 19 yards long
  • A carpenter who was struck by lightning whose body burned for three days before being extinguished
  • A monster with “a head like an Ass, a belly like a man, and all other parts far differing from any other creature.”
  • Descriptions of royal coronations, including Richard I
  • And even a description of Henry I’s bowels and brains during his funeral preparation.

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1665 Kings of England Richard Baker Chronicle BIZARRE Dragons Monsters FOLIO

 

Richard Baker was a 16th-century English Protestant historian who is best known for his chronicle the royals of England. In 1643, Baker first published ‘A Chronicle of the Kings of England’ – a work that was met with considerable success. Going through a number of editions into the mid-18th-century, ‘Chronicle’, according to Brownley,

“provides some useful measures of the changes in English historical narratives from the civil wars to the early 18th-century. Baker thus offers a base for perspectives on an era crucial not only for the development of English historical writing itself, but also for related developments in other genres that occurred partly in reaction to changes in the form and content of narrative histories.”

In other words, Baker’s ‘Chronicle’ was a primary influence in the way historical narratives would be written from the 17th-century onward.

 

Curiously, Baker decided to include a plethora of minor incidents that were not included in more high-profile histories. (per Brownley)

  • a feast attended by William I where a lord was attacked by mice who followed him until they ate him alive
  • Prince Eustace IV, son of Stephen, was upset at the monks of Abbey of Bury for denying him money, so he burned their cornfields – then promptly died by the wrath of God!
  • Accounts of floods, fires, frosts, and earthquakes during each reign
  • a dragon of marvelous bigness!”
  • “monstrous fish” over 19 yards long
  • A carpenter who was struck by lightning whose body burned for three days before being extinguished
  • A monster with “a head like an Ass, a belly like a man, and all other parts far differing from any other creature.”
  • Descriptions of royal coronations, including Richard I
  • And even a description of Henry I’s bowels and brains during his funeral preparation.

 

Item number: #25502

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BAKER, Richard

 

A chronicle of the kings of England : from the time of the Romans government, unto the death of King James

 

London: Printed by E. Cotes, for G. Sawbridge …, and Thomas Williams, 1665.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete
    • [38], 822, [44]
    • Pagination errors expected throughout
  • References: Wing B 508; Dibdin 192-194; Martine Brownley, Sir Richard Baker’s ‘Chronicle’
  • Provenance: Handwritten – Newcome
    • Possibly Henry Newcome (1627–1695), an English nonconformist preacher and activist from Cheshire. In October 1653 he joined Adam Martindale in the establishment of a clerical union for Cheshire on the model of Richard Baxter’s Worcestershire agreement. Having spent his formative years and education during the English Civil War, Newcome held what seemed to be contradictory views of church and government, having taken the Solemn League and Covenant (mentioned on p. 626 of this text), but being a royalist in his political affiliation, even being deeply involved in the preparations for a royalist rising (5 August 1659) under George Booth, 1st Baron Delamer.
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
  • Size: ~13.5in X 8.75in (34.5cm x 22.5cm)

 

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25502

Category

European History

Authors

BAKER, Richard

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete