Anyone who has struggled to follow the argument at the beginning of Shakespeare's Henry V
can tell you that the royal family tree of England is nearly mpossible to follow from its gnarled roots to its many intertwined branches.
This magnificent genealogy of the first Yorkist king, Edward IV (1442-1483) was probably created to celebrate his accession to the throne in 1461 after defeating the forces of Henry VI in battle, and is as much a propaganda tool as a commemorative document. In it, the supporters of Edward IV harness legend, prophecy, superstition, words and visual images to offer a compelling propaganda statement to an increasingly literate public
See the Edward IV Scroll