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This seal dates from c.1300 and was the secret, or privy seal of Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, the youngest daughter of King Edward I and Eleanor of Castile, who later became Elizabeth, Countess of Holland. Her name and title appear on the legend of her seal. Elizabeth is pictured holding a bird of prey, a symbol often found on women’s seals at this time. This may be a reference to her status and wealth as hawking was a popular pursuit among noblewomen.

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SC 13/F151 Seal of Elizabeth, Countess of Holland

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