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Effigies ad Regem Angliae and the Representation of Kingship in Thirteenth-Century English Royal Culture

Judith Collard (notes)

Abstract

The Effigies ad Regem Angliae is an unusual manuscript depicting images of the Kings of England from Edward the Confessor to Edward I. A deluxe volume, with its brief Anglo-Norman texts and its narrative scenes, it is unlike any other illustrated English historical work produced in this period. The images it contains reflect a range of influences including chronicle and romance literature, as well as representations found across media in manuscripts, wall paintings, stained glass and the decoration of royal apartments. By locating it within a broader artistic context, the manuscript provides an insight into the richness and complexity of this royal culture.

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