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The Illustrations, mainly derived from the trustworthy sources of coins, great seals, and monuments, will be found to present a tolerably complete series of the portraits, arms, and devices of each ruler, and may indicate the importance of some acquaintance with heraldry as an aid to the study of history.
The work, as its name implies, is mainly devoted to the affairs of England, but notices are given at suitable times of the course of events in Scotland and the Isles, in Wales, and in Ireland; these are necessarily brief, but being drawn from the cotemporary Annals, Chronicles, and Laws of each country, they may perhaps be sufficient to shew what degree of connexion formerly existed between the long independent and often hostile States which now happily unite to form the British Empire. Esto perpetua!
Gold and Brass Coins of Allectus
Figure of St. Alban, from a brass in St. Alban's Abbey
Arms ascribed to Egbert
Edmund of East Anglia; from a painted panel of the
Alfred's Jewel, obverse and profile
Arms ascribed to Edward the Confessor
Armour of the Norman era.
William I., from his Great Seal, and Arms ascribed to,
Henry I., from his Great Seal, and Arms ascribed to,
Stephen, from his Great Seal, and Arms ascribed to,
Arms of Geoffrey, earl of Anjou .
The Escarboucle and Planta Genista
Henry II. and Eleanor of Guienne, from their Monuments
Isabella of Angoulême, from her Monument at Fontevraud
Arms and Badge of John
Arms of Robert Fitz-Walter
Henry III., from his Monument in Westminster Abbey. 295
Edward II., from his Monument in Gloucester Cathedral
Seal of Bohun, earl of Hereford
Edward III. and Philippa of Hainault, from their
Edward the Black Prince, from his Tomb at Canterbury 377
Edward III. .