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A banderole around the figures carries a biblical inscription in English rather than Latin, suggesting that it may have been added during the Reformation to replace the original painted inscription with something better suited to Protestant England. PHOT
Royal lions embellish the bedposts, and microscopic traces of pigments found in the wood indicate that the bed was once richly painted. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY THE LANGLEY COLLECTION
Portrayed as Adam and Eve, the royal couple make mutual hand gestures that signal a pledge of marriage. Their union ended 30 years of civil war. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY THE LANGLEY COLLECTION
The elaborately carved bed is rich in the iconography of late-15th century England: royal crests and shields, the heraldic roses of Lancashire and York, and symbols of fertility such as acorns and fruit. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY THE LANGLEY COLLECTION