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Generally a chronicle (Latin chronica) is historical account of facts and events in chronological order. The typical examples of a Chronicle include: the chronicle of Jerome, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and the Chinese Annals of Spring and Autumn.

Scholars categorize the genre of chronicle into two subgroups: live chronicles, and dead chronicles. A dead chronicle is one where the author gathers his list of events up to the time of his writing, but does not record further events as they occur. A live chronicle is where one or more authors add to a chronicle in a regular fashion, recording contemporary events shortly after they occur. Because of the immediacy of the information, historians tend to value live chronicles over dead ones.

The term often refers to a book written by a chronicler in the Middle Ages describing historical events in a country, or the lives of a nobleman or a clergyman, although it is also applied to a record of public events. Various contemporary newspapers or other periodicals have adopted "chronicle" as part of their name.

List of notable chronicles

Chronicles are two canonical books of the Old Testament. See Books of Chronicles.

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