the Manuscript: Part 6
the full arsenal of Yorkist text and imagery is brought to bear in
support of Edward's claim to the throne. Showing portions of the previous
section again for the sake of continuity, this illustration shows the
line of descent from Edward III (blue and yellow box, upper left),
including his many sons, through Edward IV.
interlaced rectangles representing Edward IV are surrounded by images
of kingship: crowns and scepters for the three realms of England, France,
and Spain; ostrich feathers, a badge of the Princes of Wales; and garters,
representing the Order of the Garter. The swords represent the two
swords of justice to the spirituality and the temporality and the blunted
sword of mercy, Curtana. The text within the three left garters reads "A
Domino factum est istud," This was the Lord's doing (Mark
12, 11), while that within the three garters on the right reads "Firmum
con[s]ilium [meum] faciat dominus," May the Lord help [me]
to persevere (Judith 8, 31).
images of royalty are combined with the three Yorkist images seen throughout
the manuscript -- the rose-en-soleil, the sun, and the fetterlock.
boxes below Edward list his siblings, and give details on their titles.
For some years it was thought that this manuscript was produced some
time after 1468, the year that Edward's sister Margaret became Duchess
of Burgundy. However, recent examinations of the manuscript suggest
that her title, as well as those of other siblings, were written in
at a later date and in a different hand.
manuscript ends with a shaded scroll containing text once again celebrating
the accession of Edward IV and making the case for descent through
the female line. To make
the final visual statement, the white lion of March (left ) supports
a standard holding a banner with the same bearings as the horse at
the beginning of the scroll -- the quartered arms of England, France
and Castile/Leon, with the arms of Brutus/King Arthur on an escutcheon
at the center -- while, to the right, Richard II's white hart supports
the arms of the Kings of England.