I have always been interested in English history and literature, so all the hoopla about King Henry VIII caught my eye in the June issue of REALM, an English magazine to which I subscribe. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne of England, and the Brits aren't going to let it go by unnoticed!
To mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne, a special exhibition opens this week (8 April) at Windsor Castle, the monarch’s one-time home and final resting place. Bringing together paintings, drawings, miniatures, prints, books and manuscripts from the Royal Collection and the archives of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, the exhibition explores the life of one of the most significant figures in the history of the English monarchy.LINK
Among the highlights of the exhibition are a number of works by Hans Holbein the Younger, who became painter to Henry VIII soon after his arrival in England in 1526. The artist captured many of the key personalities of the King’s reign, including two of his wives, Jane Seymour and Katherine Howard. The Tudor line of succession from Henry VII to Edward VI is illustrated through beautiful miniatures by Nicholas Hilliard. Books from the King’s library will also be on display, including Thomas Wriothesley’s Garter Book, which contains what is thought to be the earliest surviving view of the Opening of Parliament.