The National and Domestic History of England (Vol 1)

Pictures and short extracts from The National and Domestic History of England Volume I (A.D. 1399 – 1603), by William Hickman Smith Aubrey (1858 – 1916). The book is undated, but is probably 1878, since I found someone selling a copy with an inscription dated 1879. The engravings are mostly anonymous, and hence out of copyright; the author died more than 75 years ago, and so the text is out of copyright; any photographs were taken more than 50 years ago and are out of copyright. The status of signed engravings would depend on the artist, but I have not yet uploaded any such items. Check the individual image descriptions for more information.

In 2015 bought the three-volume set from Bookends of Fowey in Cornwall, UK. Previously I had only Volume II and part of volume III.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

[picture: Magna Carta]

Magna Carta

Magna Carta wasn’t as big of a deal at the time (it only lasted a few months) as it is seen today, but it did lay the way for other treaties, and limited the power of the monarch and nobles (the government officials of the day) when they conflicted with the [...] [more...]

[picture: King John Sealing Magna Charta]

King John Sealing Magna Charta

King John sits on a throne under a huge canopy and raised up on a daïs, a large scroll in front of him which is presumably the original copy of the Magna Carta itself. He is about to press a seal into [...] [more...]

[picture: Costumes, A.D. 1200--1300]

Costumes, A.D. 1200 – 1300

A group of eight people stand on and around a red-carpeted raised platform or daïs, with a background of curtains or tapestries and a stone column. The king stands in front of his throne; the queen to his left is seated. The bishop stands wearing robes and miter and holding a tall cross, although not a hooked crozier. The others stand around in various [...] [more...]

[picture: Mediæval Queen]

Mediæval Queen

The Queen here is taken from the coloured plate Costumes A.D. 1200 – 1300; she wears a crown and what looks like a heavy green cape, along with other robes and a gown. She is seated on a wooden throne. [more...]

[picture: Mediæval King]

Mediæval King

The King here is taken from the coloured plate Costumes A.D. 1200 – 1300; he is standing, wearing a golden crown and a pink robe with gold embroidery of solid lines and the fleur-de-lys and cross; over his shoulder is a green cape with a blue and white lining bearing an heraldic theme; on his feet are diamons-pattened yellow pointed shoes that might really just be little more substantial than socks; in his right hand he [...] [more...]

[picture: Costumes, A.D. 1380.]

Costumes, A.D. 1380.

The coloured plate apears to be showing a queen, in blue satin with gold, accompanied by a young man who might be her consort and who is holding her hand, but who is on her left-hand side. Behind the wheen are two women, and in front two men, one bowing, the other holding one of two horses; perhaps the queen is going on a jounrey but one has to imagine [...] [more...]

[picture: Costume. A.D. 1302--1413.]

Costume. A.D. 1302 – 1413.

Top row: Bishop; Countess. [more...]

[picture: Rustic full-page border of twigs in four sections]

Rustic full-page border of twigs in four sections

This steel-engraved border is made up of twigs which divide the page into four areas. [more...]

[picture: Full-page simple border of twigs]

Full-page simple border of twigs

Full-page border of twigs; this is a single version of the four-way rustic border tht does not divide the page into four. [more...]

[picture: Ladies' Costume, Time of Edward I]

Ladies’ Costume, Time of Edward I

In this woodcut a man in 13th century costume holds up a woman’s garment, a tunic perhaps although I am not certain. This is a Victorian engraving based on a thirteenth Century drawing. [more...]



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