Royal Family Collection King Henry VIII
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- Rare document signed "Henry R" by one of England's most iconic monarchs
- Pristine condition
- Clear signature at head of page
- Exceptionally large - large oblong folio on vellum
- Stored in the Crown Office
- size:20inches x 11.5inches
King Henry VIII
Henry VIII was King of England from April 21, 1509 until his death on January 28, 1547.
Historically, he is well remembered for his 6 wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr.
His life and times have been widely studied, as one of the most intriguing kings in English history.
The king's role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church changed the face of religion in England, and has had a lasting effect that is still felt around the world today.
His struggles with Rome lead to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.
Henry VIII is also remembered as "one of the most charismatic rulers to sit on the throne of England", as well as a keen patron of the arts, himself being an author and composer.
King Henry VIII's bold, clear signature is prominently featured on this exceptionally large document, measuring 20" x 11.5".
Of the utmost quality, this piece is in pristine condition, a truly remarkable feat considering its age. There are few comparables on the open market.
A rare petition from John and Dorothy Wingfield to King Henry VIII requesting the right to rent of the priory of Woodbridge and Haspeley, the rectory of Woodbridge, and the possessions of the priory in Woodbridge, Martlesham, Great Bealings, Hasketon, Grymmesborough, Haspeley and Brandeston.
Four lines at the head of the document read:
"To the king o[u]r Soveraigne Lorde, Please it your hieghnes[s] of your mooste noble and abundant grace to gruante your mooste gracious, L[ett]ers patente under your grete Seale of England in due and sufficient fourme to, be made according to the teno[u]r herafter ensuing."
The document has been signed "Henry" by the king, suggesting that it was signed following the Reformation. Prior to this, he signed documents "Henri".
The signature is followed by a large R signifying the words, Rex Omnibus, meaning "king of all" in latin.
In the upper left corner is a small notation reading, "Given me 8th June 1797 by Mr. Betts of Colchester" - presumably an addition from one of its early owners after it left the Crown Office.
Following the addition of the King's signature, indicating that the Great Seal could now be attached, petitions such as this would have been passed on to the Chancery, where it would be formally copied and passed under the Great Seal.
This final copied document would then be passed to the petitioner and would not usually feature the king's signature.
The original, signed document - such as the example offered - would have been kept in the Crown Office.
This patent was successful and can be seen on the Patent Rolls dated Westminster, 6th March 1542.
It is very rare for a document such as this one to leave the Crown Office.
Unsurprisingly, few documents have survived the 460+ years since Henry's death.
Those that have withstood the tests of time are currently held in institutions such as the British Library, The National Archives and the British Museum, leaving very few in private hands.
Who is charismatic monarch Henry VIII?
Henry VII, the father of Henry VIII, is the winner of the Wars of the Roses and is the first King of the Tudor Dynasty.
England, at that time, was still in political instability, but due to the early death of his older brother Arthur, he rose to reign at the young age of 18.
Henry VIII was a devoted Catholic and the wave of religious transformation was on its rise.
However, Martin Luther was greatly against the religious transformation rising in Germany, and was praised from the Roman pope as an「Defender of the Faith」.
Henry VIII showed great political power in his mission to strengthen the Tudor Dynasty to make England a strong country.
【Establishment of the Royal Navy】
The England Navy only had 3 ships, but that number was increased to 50 in 36 years in reign.
【Establishment of an Absolute Monarchy】
Sovereignty in Wales, Scotland, and Ireland were strengthened and moved toward its unification.
Wales became a part of England due to Laws in Wales Act.
The Church of England was established after distancing from Roman Catholic and separating England’s Protestant.
As written above, the achievements of Henry VIII of England is unfathomable, but his pre-eminence does not stop there.
【As a Composer】
Henry VIII played instruments and also composed music. The most famous piece composed by him is「Pastime with Good Company」.
【As a Scholar】
Henry VIII was active religiously and wrote scholastic theses.
When Ruther announces the 95 Thesen in 1517, he announced his own thesis which went against this.
Henry VIII went against the religious transformation of Luther, and Roman Pope Leo X praised him as an「Defender of the Faith」.
Furthermore, he had interest in Christian architecture and restored the Christ Church, Hampton Court, White Hall, and Trinity College.
【As a Writer】
Henry VIII also liked to write literature and read poetry.
Some even say that one of England’s oldest folk songs「Greensleeves」was written by Henry VIII.
【As a Sportsman】
Henry VIII was over 6 feet tall and was also a wrestling champion in his young days.
He loved games of tennis, hunting, and jousting and even joined those games dressed in armor.
As you can see, Henry VIII was not only a politician, but was a well-cultured individual.
Not only was he a ruler of England, but he was a highly intelligent man who loved martial arts, writing, composing, sports, and scholastics.
Furthermore, Henry VIII is also well-known for his「6 marriages」, but it is told that this was due to his thoughts that it would be difficult for a female monarch to bring the Tudor Dynasty together in the unstable peace after the War of the Roses and therefore desired a male heir.
We can see from the above that Henry VIII was, indeed, the most charismatic and charming King in all of English history.
It is a miracle for a piece signed by such absolutely charismatic figure in the history of England to be available this present day, in such pristine condition, after over 460 years from his death.
Such pieces are usually only found carefully stored in places such as the British Museum and it is unheard of to come into the hands of an individual.
This piece is not for sale as this is a treasure that was dealt for at an amount that could cost a palace at that time.
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