Hol·in·shed(hŏl′ən-shĕd′, -ĭnz-hĕd′) or Hol·lings·head (-ĭngz-hĕd′), Raphael Died c. 1580.
English historian. His volume Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1577) was used extensively by Shakespeare as well as other Elizabethan dramatists as a source of historical information.
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