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By P.D.A. Harvey

In medieval Britain the seal was once, for a few 300 years, the best way so much records have been authenticated. Seals and seal impressions are priceless as facts in difficulties of social and fiscal historical past, the historical past of paintings, legislations, and international relations, yet to this point 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 - almost about modern documents. An index of mottoes and inscriptions offers worthy and sensible assist in determining seals in different collections.

The quantity is plentiful with illustrations, commonly depicting seals from the large 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 somebody attracted to medieval records and artefacts.

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