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Royal Seals (Hardback)

The National Archives: Images of Power and Majesty

British History Medieval History P&S History Photographic Books Colour Books Tudors & Stuarts 14th Century Royal History

By Dr Paul Dryburgh
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Images of the National Archives
Pages: 168
Illustrations: 50 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526729538
Published: 2nd November 2020

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Royal Seals is an introduction to the seals of the kings and queens of England, Scotland and latterly the United Kingdom, as well as the Church and nobility.

Ranging from Medieval times to modern day, it uses images of impressive wax seals held at The National Archives to show the historical importance of these beautiful works of art.

Included are features on the great seals of famous monarchs like Richard III, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and twentieth-century monarchs, as well as insights on the role of seals in treaties and foreign policy.

With ecclesiastical seals and those of the nobility and lower orders included, this is a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated guide.

Royal Seals is an introduction to the seals of the kings and queens of England, Scotland and latterly the United Kingdom, as well as the Church and nobility. Ranging from Medieval times to modern day, it uses images of impressive wax seals held at The National Archives to show the historical importance of these beautiful works of art. Included are features on the great seals of famous monarchs like Richard III, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and twentieth-century monarchs, as well as insights on the role of seals in treaties and foreign policy.

Now I will admit you might pick this book up and think it’s not going to be that interesting, but I can assure you, it is. But it is actually very fascinating as the book looks at the different types of seal used by various monarchs and why the seal came into being. We read about some of the most notable monarchs such as Charles II, George IV, James I, Henry VIII and more. But what has to be the best part of this book produced in conjunction with the National Archives, is the high quality of the pictures, certainly fantastic and really do show off the book at its best.

5 stars

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UK Historian

This is such a fantastic book because it offers a glimpse of royal, personal and ecclesiastical seals of the kings and queens of England, Scotland and the United Kingdom. The best part of this book are the stunning, high-quality photographs so you don't have to imagine what these seals looked like. The book was published in association with the National Archives, so you can admire these beauties at home, just by looking at them! I loved it.

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About Dr Paul Dryburgh

Dr Paul Dryburgh is a Principal Records Specialist at The National Archives. He is an archivist and medieval historian with interests in government, politics, warfare and in the economy across the British Isles in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and in record keeping and palaeography more generally.

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