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Warrants under the signet in the reign of Edward IV



While fifteenth-century historians have long appreciated the importance of the signet and have incorporated it into their work on the politics and government of the time, the surviving warrants issued under the signet to the great and privy seals have not been studied in depth. By examining the surviving signet warrants in the files of the chancery and privy seal office, it is possible to detect some of the changes which were occurring in the governance of England with the overthrow of Henry VI and the accession of the Yorkists.