Henry The EighthKing of England, France, & Ireland, &c.&c.
[London: J. Harrison] Publish'd as the Act directs, May 14th 1784.
Copper engraving, 320 x 220mm. 12½ x 8¾".
Oval portrait of King Henry VIII (1491 - 1547; reigned 1509-47). Henry VIII succeeded his father Henry VII in 1509. He is well known for his six marriages and for ordering the dissolution of religious houses which took place between 1535 and 1539. Aided by his ministers, Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell, his reign was characterised by ambition abroad and ruthlessness at home. His quest for a male heir and a divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon led to his establishing himself as head of the Church in England in place of the Pope in 1535. For the English translation of Rapin de Thoyras's 'History of England', John Harrison 1784-89.
See BL HS.74/934.
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