ILLUMINATED ROYAL LETTERS PATENT OF MARY I RE: LAND IN FLINTSHIRE

Administrative / Biographical History

Of the officials named, Sir Edmund Peckham (c1495-1564) had been High Treasurer of the royal mints since 1544 and was commissioned earlier in 1554 to receive the issues of sales of crown lands; Sir John Godsalve (c1505-1556) was at various times clerk of the signet, protonotary in chancery, MP for Norwich and comptroller of the Mint; there is a drawing of him by Holbein in 1532. The date of the document places it between the consolidation of Mary's hold on the throne with the defeat of Wyatt's rebellion and her marriage later in the summer to Phillip II of Spain.

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Custodial History

Bought from Christie's Auction House, London, at auction on 4th June 2008. Additional information from Thomas Venning at Christie's (given 24th June 2008), that the item came from a dealer in the U.S.A. and had been in her collection for around 25 years. Purchase price was: £6,497 including VAT, buyer's premium and agent's commission. The document was purchased by Flintshire County Council with the assistance of a purchase grant from the MLA/Victoria &Albert Museum (South Kensington, London) Purchase Grant Fund. A further grant was also given by the Friends of the National Libraries (c/o Department of Manuscripts, The British Library, London).