Seventh section showing the end of the lineage of Edward IV
This image shows the end of a genealogical roll that was commissioned to celebrate the English king Edward IV's (1442-1483) accession to the throne after he deposed Henry VI. By placing his ancestry within the framework of world history, as it was understood at the time, Edward IV could claim hereditary and God-given rights to the throne of England. Edward's motto, 'confort et lyesse', and his badge, the rose-en-soleil, alternate with coats of arms placed along the edges of the roll that illustrate Edward's ties to the royal and aristocratic families of England. Edward's genealogy ends in this section with his name inscribed above a prayer enclosed in interlaced rectangles and surrounded by symbols of kingship.
This manuscript was executed sometime between June 1461 (Edward IV's coronation) and May 1464 (his marriage), probably ca. 1461.
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