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, Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department Lewis MS E201 - Edward IV Roll (Richard III Society) Read this source online

Text name(s): The Edward IV Roll

Number of pages of primary source text: 0


Dates: 1461 - 1461

Archival Reference: Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department Lewis MS E201

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England


Record Types: 

  • Genealogy

Subject Headings: 

  • Family / Children
  • Royalty / Monarchs
  • War - Military History
  • Revolt
  • Government


  • Bibliography
  • Facsimile
  • Introduction


This scroll, nearly 20 feet long, was produced in honor of Edward IV’s coronation in 1461. The king’s scroll shows Edward’s genealogy and, far from being a mere commemorative document, served as propaganda demonstrating the legitimacy of the first Yorkist king, who had gained the thrown by defeating his predecessor, Henry VI in battle. The document is available as an online facsimile through the American Branch of the Richard III Society where it is accompanied by an introduction, commentary and description of its preservation. The commentary includes a translation of significant portions of the document.

Introduction Summary: 

The introduction discusses the importance of the document, the roots of the Wars of the Roses, the life of Edward IV, politics, the place of this document in British history and its purposes as a piece of propaganda. It also lists similar manuscripts and discusses heraldry and manuscript illuminators. There are bibliographical references at the end of each section.

Cataloger: SES