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By P.D.A. Harvey

In medieval Britain the seal used to be, for a few 300 years, the way in which so much files have been authenticated. Seals and seal impressions are helpful as facts in difficulties of social and monetary heritage, the background of paintings, legislation, and international relations, yet so far they've got now not been completely mentioned. during this groundbreaking paintings the authors study all types of seal used for authenticating records - their improvement, layout, and use - just about modern documents. An index of mottoes and inscriptions presents beneficial and functional assist in deciding upon seals in different collections.

The quantity is considerable with illustrations, ordinarily depicting seals from the huge collections of The British Library and the general public list workplace, London. Designed to fill a long-standing hole within the literature, this lucid advent to British medieval seals is aimed toward graduate scholars, archivists, historians, and someone attracted to medieval files and artefacts.

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