Royal Seals written by Paul Dryburgh published by Pen & Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 166

Royal Seals is an introduction to the seals of the kings and queens of England, Scotland and latterly the United Kingdom, as well as the Church and nobility. Ranging from Medieval times to modern day, it uses images of impressive wax seals held at The National Archives to show the historical importance of these beautiful works of art. Included are features on the great seals of famous monarchs like Richard III, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and twentieth-century monarchs, as well as insights on the role of seals in treaties and foreign policy.

Now I will admit you might pick this book up and think it’s not going to be that interesting, but I can assure you, it is. But it is actually very fascinating as the book looks at the different types of seal used by various monarchs and why the seal came into being. We read about some of the most notable monarchs such as Charles II, George IV, James I, Henry VIII and more. But what has to be the best part of this book produced in conjunction with the National Archives, is the high quality of the pictures, certainly fantastic and really do show off the book at its best.