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A Family Tree

A Family Tree

Author: William Cecil Lord Burghley

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1579

Shelfmark: Royal MS. 18. D.III

Item number: f.1

Length: 29.7

Width: 18.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This is a genealogical diagram. It forms part of an atlas that belonged to William Cecil Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s Secretary of State. Burghley used this atlas to illustrate domestic matters. The atlas contains many maps of Britain, but also includes genelogical diagrams, showing how mapping the relationship of individuals to each other was also an important consideration.

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