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  Detail from the 13th century reliquary of St Gertrude at Nivelles Abbey, Belgium.
  The original was destroyed by a bomb in 1940. Remnants are on display at Nivelles.
  After the war a gold and silver replica was commissioned from goldsmith William Ibens
  and presented to the abbey.

  The two figures are St John (L) and St Agatha(R) with the sword.
  See the article "From Theophanu to St Margaret" in this journal.

   Photograph © copyright IRPA-KIK, Brussels

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The east end of Gisborough Priory, Yorkshire

Founded in 1119 by Robert de Brus, the original Romanesque building was destroyed by fire in the late 13th century. The present ruins date from the 14th century.

See the article "Keeping it in the family" by Rosie Bevan, in this issue.





   Coronation of an English king
   (temp Edward II)


   [an illustration from The Ancestor, vol.1 (1902) 150.
from MS M20 Corpus Christi College, Cambridge]






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  Battle of Bannockburn, 1314, from the Holkham Bible

  (public domain image from Wikipedia).




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William Dugdale, the 17th-century English antiquary and herald compiled a number of works of continuing value for the medieval genealogist, including Monasticon Anglicanum, Antiquities of Warwickshire, Baronage of England, and various Herald’s Visitations







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Lothar III, Holy Roman Emperor







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Durham Castle and Cathedral from the north-west

Source: Wikipedia                     Photo by Steve F E Cameron    

The magnificent cathedral at Durham dating from the 12th century (with many later additions) is a fine example of the Romanesque style. As the centrepiece of the World Heritage Site it formed the backdrop to the 2017 FMG Conference and AGM which was held in the adjacent university.

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 Reproduced by permission of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/The National Library of Wales

Peniarth MS 28 B; f. 1 v.


Hywel Dda/Hywel the Good

Hywel Dda (Hywel the Good) was a 10th-century ruler of Deheubarth, comprising most of Wales.  He is particularly linked with the codification of traditional Welsh law, known as the “Laws of Hywel Dda” (Cyfraith Hywel) which continued in use until the 16th century when the “Laws in Wales Acts” imposed English law on the principality. See Gronant article in this journal.



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Deathbed of King Henry VII of England

 Heraldic drawing by Thomas Wriothesley (Garter King of Arms) of the deathbed of King Henry VII, 1509. Although not present, Wriothesley wrote his account, in which the drawing features, from discussions with attendees. The attendant at the bottom right corner is Sir John Sharpe, with his arms alongside. See the article in this journal on Sharpe of Essex.

© The British Library Board Add. MS 45131, f.54, reproduced by permission.


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