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Historie, -ory, n. Also: pl. histor(i)eis, -iis. [Late ME. history, -orye (1482), L. historia.] A historical work or narrative. 1456 Hay I. 65/33.
Suthfast and trewe histories
Ib. II. 104/1.
Bath cronykis and histories
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. ii. 26.
Historyis grete in Latine toung
Id. Æn. xiii. ix. h.
Rehersand mony histories ald and gestis
1540 Maxwell Mem. I. 410.
Ane Inglis buke of the histories
1561 Invent. Q. Mary 21.
A tapestrie of the historie of aippis
1570 Buch. Wr. 58.
I am occupiit in writyng of our historie
a1578 Pitsc. I. 103/29.
Baith be Scottis and wtheris forand historieis

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