• The early sixteenth century was a period of intense experimentation in Dutch history writing. The little-known author Jan van Naaldwijk, whose two Dutch chronicles of Holland are preserved in autograph manuscripts in the British Library, participated in these developments. An amateur writer, but – importantly – an expert reader, Jan compiled chronicles which, while rooted in the historical tradition of Holland, nevertheless expanded it in ways that, for all their idiosyncrasy, can help us to appreciate the broader impact of innovations occurring at the same time in more ‘professional’ scholarly circles. This dissertation is the first in-depth study of his chronicles.