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    [King Henry VIII] Seal of the Court of Common Pleas under Henry VIII, ca. 1530. The magnificent wax seal is 2.75" in diameter and attached to the original document, the advowson and manor of Kings Worthy, one page docketed on the verso, 17" x 12" on vellum. The obverse of the seal shows the king enthroned with the legend: HENRICVS DEI GRACIA ANGLIE ET FRANCIE. The reverse bears arms with the legend: +SIGILLVM PRO BREVIBUS CORAM IVSTICIARIIS. The shield has the quartered royal arms, England in the first and fourth quarters and the arms of France in the second and third quarters. The supporters on both the sinister and the dexter are greyhounds. A similar seal was featured at the "History in Deed: Medieval Society & The Law in England, 1100-1600" exhibition at Harvard Law School in 1993. The document is very fine and the extremely rare seal is virtually flawless.

    The Manor of Kings Worthy was home to Sir Giles Capell who was knighted by Henry VIII for his gallantry and good services at the sieges of Terouenne and Tournay and at the Battle of Spurs. In 1529 Sir Giles held the shrievalty of the counties of Essex and Hertford, a post which was afterwards filled by his descendants. (Note: An advowson is the right to appoint a nominee to a vacant ecclesiastical benefice.)

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    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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