One of a handful of texts from the last years of Henry VI's reign, John Hardyng's first Chronicle, written in 18,782 lines of verse and seven folios of prose, offers a compelling insight into the tastes, hopes, and anxieties of a late fifteenth century gentleman who witnessed -- and often participated in -- the key events that defined his era.
Sarah Peverley is Professor of English at the University of Liverpool and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker. Her most recent publications and broadcasts include 'Staging Chaucer' in Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture ed. by Gail Ashton (2015) and 'The Real Game of Thrones: Power in 15th-Century England' (BBC, 2014).|James Simpson is Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English at Harvard University. His most recent books are Reform and Cultural Revolution, being volume 2 in the Oxford English Literary History (2002); Burning to Read: English Fundamentalism and its Reformation Opponents (2007); and Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition (2010).