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A rare Tudor manuscript designed to help wealthy landowners with swan-keeping has sold for a whopping £70,200.<br />
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The mute swan has been deemed a royal bird since the Middle Ages and only the monarch could grant someone the privilege of owning swans in Tudor times.<br />
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The birds were a favourite delicacy for the banqueting table and had to be marked and pinioned to prevent any disputes over ownership and this was an early record of swan ownership.<br />
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The unusual book had an estimate of £8-16,000 but sold for more than four times that at auctioneers Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet.