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Henry VIII

Henry VIII

To celebrate the anniversary of Henry the Eighth’s accession to the throne in 1509, we have selected a hand-coloured engraving from Samuel Rush Meyrick’s ‘A critical inquiry into antient armour, as it existed in Europe, but particularly in England, from the Norman Conquest to the reign of Charles II’, published in 1824 and a seminal work in its field. The image, said by Meyrick to represent Henry, was copied from a Cottonian manuscript, Augustus III, which includes an account of the actions of the King and his army in France.