Angliæ Heptarchia


This Harley Manuscripts map of the English Heptarchy, or the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, was probably taken from the bottom right quarter of a page of genealogical tables of British monarchs included in Alexander Neville’s De Furoribus Norfolciensium Ketto duce (London, 1575). Rodney W. Shirley notes that the map is missing from all five copies of Neville’s work in the British Library. According to Shirley, Angliæ Heptarchia loosely reproduces a woodcut map published in Ἀρχαιονομια, sive de priscis Anglorum legibus libri (London, 1568) by the antiquary William Lambarde (1536-1601). Like Lambarde’s earlier version, Lyne’s map provides little more detail than the names of the kingdoms (the rivers appear without names). But in Lyne’s engraving, the sea is stippled and an Elizabethan coat of arms, four armorial shields, some ships and two sea monsters have been added. In a further twist, Lyne’s map was copied again in a woodcut made for the second edition of another work by Lambarde, A Perambulation of Kent, published by Ralph Newbery in 1596.

Full title:
Angliæ Heptarchia
about 1574
Engraving / Hand-Colouring / Map
Richard Lyne
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Harley MS 5957, f. 8, no.13

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