Arms of King Henry VI and Queen Margaret of Anjou

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By the fourteenth century heraldry was becoming increasingly fashionable in churches. These heraldic shields are the Royal Arms of King Henry VI (1421–1471) and his consort Queen Margaret of Anjou (1430–1482). The marriage between Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou, the niece of King Charles VII, was part of English attempts to pursue peace with France in the Treaty of Tours, signed 1444. The marriage put a temporary end to hostilities between both parties in the long-running Hundred Years' War. The Royal arms are accurately depicted, shown supported by eagles and a heraldic antelope. This glass was for some time thought to be the work of heraldic scholar, designer and stained-glass artist Thomas Willement. However, records show it was made by glazier William Miller, who may have worked with Willement.

The Stained Glass Museum

Ely

Title

Arms of King Henry VI and Queen Margaret of Anjou

Date

c.1843

Medium

stained glass

Measurements

H 243 x W 48 cm

Accession number

ELYGM:1974.3

Acquisition method

gift, 1974

Work type

Stained glass

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