In celebration of the 500th anniversary of henry viiis accession to the english throne an international exhibition henry viii dressed to kill was held at the tower of london in partnership between the royal armouries and historic royal palaces. Graeme rimer is the academic director of the royal armouries museum and is based in leeds following an early fascination for arms and armour graeme spent school and college holidays from the age of 15 as a volunteer at the royal armouries at the tower of london. However in common parlance the so called wives of henry viii were the six queens consort wedded to henry between coat of arms of catherine of aragon catherine of aragon 16 his brothers wife using a passage from the old testament leviticus chapter 20 verse 21 to justify his stance if a man shall take his brothers wife . This magnificent book illuminates the life and reign of henry viii and shows how his influence still resonates down the centuries as sportsman king and icon a stunning range of new imagery complements the text. For those who were not paying attention 2009 was the half millennial anniversary of the ascension of henry viii to the throne of great britain
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