Nicholaa de la Haye's wax seal

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Document: Nicholaa de la Haye's seal. 1201-1266. (Catalogue ref: DL 25/2890)


This medieval wax seal is attached to a document in which noblewoman Nicholaa de la Haye grants land to a man named Simon. During this time in England and most of western Europe, instead of signing important documents, you would attach your seal to prove your identity.

Nicholaa de la Haye was a landowner who inherited the role of constable of Lincoln Castle and the role of sheriff of Lincolnshire in the late twelfth century. She personally directed the defence of Lincoln Castle at least twice. She also defended it against French attackers in 1217, when Prince Louis of France tried to claim the English throne instead of the nine-year-old Henry III.

Seals can tell us a lot about how someone wanted to represent themselves to others. What can this seal tell us about Nicholaa de la Haye?

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