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ECR 39 82 A

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ECR 39 82 A


Royal Patents: Grant of arms




1 January 1449

Content description

Grant of arms by Henry VI to the College. The arms are painted in the middle of the document. "On a field sable three lily-flowers argent, intending that our newly-founded College, lasting for ages to come, whose perpetuity We wish to be signified by the stability of the sable colour, shall bring forth the brightest flowers redolent of every kind of knowledge, to which also that we may impart something on royal nobility, which may declare the work truly royal and illustrious, we have resolved that that portion of the arms, which by royal right belong to us in the kingdoms of France and England, be placed on the chief of the shield, per pale azure with a flower of the French, and gules with a leopard passant or"

The Great Seal, green wax, on plaited blue and white silk cords. Ornamental penwork on top line.

Publication note

Printed in Samuel Bentley, Excerpta Historica (1833) pp.47-9
A warrant under the sign manual, with the shield illuminated, is attached to the entry on the Charter Roll. Cal. Charter Rolls, 1427 to 1516, p.106
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