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Fourth section showing a frieze with the royal ancestors of Edward IV

This image shows a section 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. In this section, seven half-portraits of the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cornwall, the King of France, the King of England, the King of Castile, the Duke of Aquitane, and the Duke of Normandy represent the seven ancient lines of Edward's descent.

This manuscript was executed sometime between June 1461 (Edward IV's coronation) and May 1464 (his marriage), probably ca. 1461.

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