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  • Royal lineage calfskin scroll sells for $45,500 in Cirencester
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    Paul Fraser
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Royal lineage calfskin scroll sells for $45,500 in Cirencester

A calfskin scroll documenting the royal lineage of the English monarchy has sold for £30,000 ($45,582) at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester, UK.

The lot led a sale of historical books and manuscripts on March 4.

St Albans roll
The document dates back to the 15th century

The piece dates to the early 16th century and names the kings of England as far back as Casibellan and Hely in the 1st century BC.  

It was one of a number produced in St Albans during the time of the war of the roses and served as a useful piece of propaganda for the Tudors.

Chris Albury of Dominic Winter explained to the Western Daily Press in the run-up to the sale: "We understand that there are only 13 other of these Roger of St Albans rolls known.

"They are all in institutions so for a new one to turn up in the open market is a significant event. Each one is unique in some ways and this one is too.

"Though slightly imperfect at the end it does have King Richard III written in as a king rather than as Duke of Gloucester on all other rolls of this type."

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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