What to see this week: ‘Bat­tles and Dy­nas­ties’

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To cel­e­brate the 800th an­niver­sary of Lin­coln Fair in 1217, The Col­lec­tion Mu­seum in Lin­coln has mounted the am­bi­tious ex­hi­bi­tion ‘Bat­tles and Dy­nas­ties’. Some of the ob­jects on dis­play re­late to the an­niver­sary, in­clud­ing the verse life of Wil­liam Mar­shal (d.1219), the vic­to­ri­ous com­man­der of the Roy­al­ist forces, and—shown here—matthew Paris’s Great Chron­i­cle il­lus­trated with draw­ings of the Fair of Lin­coln and the Bat­tle of Lin­coln (left).

The ex­hi­bi­tion presents ob­jects con­nected with later Bri­tish dy­nas­tic crises, in­clud­ing the death war­rant of Mary, Queen of Scots, the 1701 Act of Set­tle­ment and the in­stru­ment of ab­di­ca­tion of Edward VIII. It also in­cludes some notable por­trait loans, such as Van Dyke’s triple por­trait of Charles I and Hol­bein’s draw­ing of Anne Bo­leyn. In con­junc­tion with the ex­hi­bi­tion, the vol­ume of Domes­day—the great sur­vey of the realm ini­ti­ated by Wil­liam the Con­queror in 1085—re­lat­ing to Lin­colnshire is on dis­play in the Magna Carta Vault in Lin­coln Cas­tle.

‘Bat­tles and Dy­nas­ties’ runs un­til Septem­ber 3— for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, tele­phone 01522 782040, or visit www.thecol­lec­tion­mu­seum.com

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