3 December 2003
HENRY VII, King of England (1485-1509). Document signed ('H[enricus] R[ex]'), a warrant addressed to Sir Robert Lytton, 'Under Treasourer of England and Keeper of ye Great Wardrobe', Tower of London, 12 January n.y. , on vellum, one membrane, 130 x 170 mm.
Instructions for the decoration of the royal bedchamber. 'We wol and charge you that unto this bringer hereof you delyver or doe to be delivered as moche grene bukram or blewe as will sufficiently suffice to lye betwene the seler tester and counterpoynt [counterpane] of Our bedde ... to save it from fretyng. Also do you make thre[e] quishons of blewe velvet for to be of the same su[i]te of the said bedde'.
The royal bedchamber was very probably in the newly constructed palace of Richmond. Henry's favourite residence at Sheen had been destroyed by fire in 1497, and he lavished attention and money on its replacement, on the same spot. The care with which he supervised the royal accounts did not exclude enjoyment of displays of ceremonial and extravagance in furnishing the royal apartments.
Lytton, an experienced court official and survivor of the Yorkist regime, was keeper of the Wardrobe from 1492.
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