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Boxwood rosary owned by Henry VIII. The cross has the four Evangelists on one side and the four Latin Church Fathers on the other. The Ave Maria beads have carvings depicting the Apostles, the sentences of the Creed, the Prophets, the Sibyls, and various scenes from Holy Writ. The Pater Noster bead is hinged, containing scenes of the Mass of St. Gregory and the Virgin in Majesty.

Boxwood rosary owned by Henry VIII. The cross has the four Evangelists on one side and the four Latin Church Fathers on the other. The Ave Maria beads have carvings depicting the Apostles, the sentences of the Creed, the Prophets, the Sibyls, and various scenes from Holy Writ. The Pater Noster bead is hinged, containing scenes of the Mass of St. Gregory and the Virgin in Majesty.

This rosary was owned by Henry VIII, then by the Bishop of Aachen, then by François de la Chaise, then by the Parisian Jesuits, then by Gabriel Brotier, and now by the Duke of Devonshire.

This rosary was owned by Henry VIII, then by the Bishop of Aachen, then by François de la Chaise, then by the Parisian Jesuits, then by Gabriel Brotier, and now by the Duke of Devonshire.

A gold clock salt owned by King Henry VIII made by a French goldsmith based on sketches by Hans Holbein the Younger.

A gold clock salt owned by King Henry VIII made by a French goldsmith based on sketches by Hans Holbein the Younger.

'We be delivered a prince': Letter informing Henry VIII of his longed-for son's birth is found after 469 years in stately home

Letter informing Henry VIII of his longed-for son's birth is found after 469 years in stately home

'We be delivered a prince': Letter informing Henry VIII of his longed-for son's birth is found after 469 years in stately home

Wednesday 10th September 1533, Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was christened at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich.

Wednesday 10th September 1533, Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was christened at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich.

A Flemish hat badge dating from around 1520 and worn by England's King Henry VIII is seen at an exhibition at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, to mark the the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne, Monday April 6, 2009

A Flemish hat badge dating from around 1520 and worn by England's King Henry VIII is seen at an exhibition at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, to mark the the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne, Monday April 6, 2009

Members of the English parliament wrote to Pope Clement VII in 1530 urging him to annul Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife so the king could marry Anne Boleyn, according to Vatican documents on display to the public for the first time.In the large parchment letter, hung with over 80 pendant seals attached with red silk ribbon, they alluded to the “extreme remedies” they could pursue if their request were refused.

Members of the English parliament wrote to Pope Clement VII in 1530 urging him to annul Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife so the king could marry Anne Boleyn, according to Vatican documents on display to the public for the first time.In the large parchment letter, hung with over 80 pendant seals attached with red silk ribbon, they alluded to the “extreme remedies” they could pursue if their request were refused.

King Henry VIII loved to play football and had a pair of football boots made for him costing 4 shillings (about £100).

King Henry VIII loved to play football and had a pair of football boots made for him costing 4 shillings (about £100).

Catherine Parr (1512-48) Henry VIII's last wife by Master John, 1545 (one of the prettiest Tudor portraits) Parr. Note from Bron Larner "A most interesting work: always said historically to be Parr, re-labelled by Strong, and recently reattributed, I think, by a scholar working with jewel inventories."

Catherine Parr (1512-48) Henry VIII's last wife by Master John, 1545 (one of the prettiest Tudor portraits) Parr. Note from Bron Larner "A most interesting work: always said historically to be Parr, re-labelled by Strong, and recently reattributed, I think, by a scholar working with jewel inventories."

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