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William The Conqueror Granting Richmondshire To Alan Rufus, Count Of Brittany, In The Register Of The Honour Of Richmond

William The Conqueror Granting Richmondshire To Alan Rufus, Count Of Brittany, In The Register Of The Honour Of Richmond

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1480

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Faustina B VII

Item number: f.72v

Length: 25.7

Width: 16.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

At the Battle of Hastings in 1066 William the Conqueror was aided by Alan Rufus, Count of Brittany, and subsequently rewarded him with extensive estates in the north of England, which were formed into the honour of Richmond. This manuscript contains a record of this property.

In this image William sits wearing crown and armour; knights in armour stand behind him; Alan kneels before him; they all wear coats of arms over their armour. William is handing Alan a large charter with a green pendant seal. The charter starts 'I, William, named "The Bastard", King of England, give and concede to you . . ."

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