Henry VIII: man and monarch

Henry VIII – who reigned from 1509 to 1547 – is probably the best-known British monarch because of the size of his body and the number of his wives. But there was much more to the man who provoked the English reformation, the dissolution of the monasteries, the creation of a powerful navy and the promotion of the English language.
The British Library is currently showing an excellent exhibition entitled “Henry VIII: man and monarch”. It is really well done and enormously informative with fascinating artefacts from the 16th century. I visited it this week with my sister who was down from Leicester and we were both impressed and educated.


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