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King Henry VIII eating, Embleton, Ron (1930-88) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn /

King Henry VIII eating, Embleton, Ron (1930-88) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn /

Valor Ecclesiasticus from 1535 (E 344/22), was a valuation of the wealth of the Church in England and Wales. It was written in Latin and has illuminated portraits depicting Henry VIII enthroned, surrounded by his courtiers, and in his middle years. This survey provided important information for Henry, who had by this stage appointed himself as Head of the English Church. It preceded his major initiative involving the dissolution of more than 800 monasteries which began a year later in 1536.

Valor Ecclesiasticus from 1535 (E 344/22), was a valuation of the wealth of the Church in England and Wales. It was written in Latin and has illuminated portraits depicting Henry VIII enthroned, surrounded by his courtiers, and in his middle years. This survey provided important information for Henry, who had by this stage appointed himself as Head of the English Church. It preceded his major initiative involving the dissolution of more than 800 monasteries which began a year later in 1536.

Hugh Latimer presenting the Bible to King Henry VIII, from 'Old England's Worthies' by Lord Brougham and others, published London, c.1880s (colour litho), English School, (19th century) / Private Collection / Ken Welsh / Bridgeman Images

Hugh Latimer presenting the Bible to King Henry VIII, from 'Old England's Worthies' by Lord Brougham and others, published London, c.1880s (colour litho), English School, (19th century) / Private Collection / Ken Welsh / Bridgeman Images

Erasmus and Thomas More visiting the children of Henry VII at Eltham Palace in 1499 and presenting Prince Henry (future Henry VIII) with a written tribute. From Left to Right: Margaret, queen consort of Scotland, aged 10, Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset in the arms of a nanny, Mary, Queen of France aged 3, Henry VIII, King of England then Duke of York aged 8. Absent was Arthur, Prince of Wales who was at Ludlow Castle at the time of the visit.

Erasmus and Thomas More visiting the children of Henry VII at Eltham Palace in 1499 and presenting Prince Henry (future Henry VIII) with a written tribute. From Left to Right: Margaret, queen consort of Scotland, aged 10, Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset in the arms of a nanny, Mary, Queen of France aged 3, Henry VIII, King of England then Duke of York aged 8. Absent was Arthur, Prince of Wales who was at Ludlow Castle at the time of the visit.

Bishop Robert Sherburne with Henry VIII (1491-1547) c.1508-36 (mural).  Henry visited Bishop Sherburne at Amberley Castle in 1526.  Barnard, Lambert (fl.1508-36) / Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, UK / Bridgeman Imag

Bishop Robert Sherburne with Henry VIII (1491-1547) c.1508-36 (mural). Henry visited Bishop Sherburne at Amberley Castle in 1526. Barnard, Lambert (fl.1508-36) / Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, UK / Bridgeman Imag

Catherine Parr attributed to William Scrots, c.1545. (National Portrait Gallery, London)

Catherine Parr attributed to William Scrots, c.1545. (National Portrait Gallery, London)

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