A parchment roll (8 feet in length) containing the genealogy
of the kings of England from Aethelbert of Kent (589–603)
to Richard II (1377–1399). Written in England shortly after
Richard II’s accession and possibly meant to be displayed
on a wall.
of hand-clasp symbolizing the union of the Saxon and Norman houses
The marriage in 1100 of Henry I, son of William the Conqueror,
and Matilda, daughter of Malcolm of Scotland and Margaret sister
of Edgar the Aetheling, symbolizing the union of Saxon and Norman
houses, is depicted by the clasping of hands. This type of depiction
of the descent of the Saxon and Norman lines, made for visual display,
is not uncommon; another example can be seen in Huntington Library
MS 264 s. XV 3/4 (Adam to Edward IV).
R.H. & M.A. Rouse MS 49