Riding to rescue vital record of English Medieval Knights

A Culture Minister in England has temporarily blocked export of the Dering Roll, the earliest English roll of arms, in order to "provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the roll in the United Kingdom."

The export decision was made on the grounds that "the roll is of outstanding significance for the study of early English heraldry and is so closely connected with English history and national life that its departure would be a misfortune."

The Dering Roll is the oldest surviving English Roll of Arms. Created in the last quarter of the 13th century, the document is 8.5 feet (2.6 metres) in length. The heraldic arms of approximately one-quarter of the English baronage of the reign of King Edward I are recorded on the document, making it "a key document of medieval English knighthood."

The article includes an address at the bottom to contact, should any qualifying members of Drachenwald be interested in purchasing it.