Roll Chronicle

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Roll Chronicle, Mid-fifteenth century with additions of c. 1665
Illumination with coloured inks and tint on vellum rolls
Roll 1 - 1245 x 58, Roll 2 - 192.5 x 58 (cm)
Society of Antiquaries of London

This rare surviving genealogical roll was compiled to chart the descent of Henry VI (1422-1471) from Adam and Eve. It was later extended to the reign of Charles II at the Restoration. The first section illustrates Bible stories including The Flood and The Nativity. Rolls such as these illustrate the desire to be associated with legendary and documented figures of the remote past but are notoriously imaginative.
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