Royal signatures – from Richard II (via #RichardIII) to Elizabeth II

Today I came across this lovely image on Facebook, courtesy of a page called Medieval Merriment. It shows the signatures of monarchs from the fourteenth to the twentieth/twenty-first century.


Now, what did this remind me of….  Just a brief moment in April/May 1483, when two young boys rode together in the spring sunshine…
“On the morning that we rode to St Albans, Edward told me of an incident the evening before. Duke Richard had been urging him to practise his new royal signature, and to encourage him, had neatly signed his own name on a scrap of parchment, topping it with his motto.
‘Loyaulté me lie,’ I said promptly. ‘Loyalty binds me.’
‘I know,’ said Edward. ‘He wants me to choose a motto too, though I haven’t any idea for one yet. He says every nobleman should have one, and especially the King….'” 

Coming soon, ‘The King’s Man’… 

Watch this space for news over the next few days …



About alexmarchantblog

A Ricardian since a teenager, and following stints as an archaeologist and in publishing, Alex now lives and works in King Richard’s own country, not far from his beloved York and Middleham
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