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Glamorgan's glimpse of Henry VIII in 1545

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Glamorgan's glimpse of Henry VIII in 1545

Signature of Henry VIII, undated (Catalogue reference: SP 9/242)

Signature of Henry VIII, undated (Catalogue reference: SP 9/242)

21 April 2009

To mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne, Glamorgan Record Office is exhibiting a rare document online, showing the king in 1545.

The deed, now available online at the Glamorgan Record Office, features a small sketch of the monarch at 54 years of age. Seated on his throne, the famous king is depicted as a portly man, holding the orb and sceptre. The sketch appears in the initial 'H' of Henricus on the deed of purchase of Ewenny Priory, which was sold to Sir Edward Carne of Nash Manor as part of Henry's dissolution of the monasteries.

Commenting on the digitisation of the document, Heather Mountjoy, Archivist, Glamorgan Record Office, said: 'History doesn't just happen in London and the influence of top level governmental decisions can be traced here, in Glamorgan, in a past which belongs to us all.'

Henry's image has been digitised to make it more accessible to a wider audience, as part of the Archive Awareness Campaign

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