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Lot #4018
King Henry VIII Rare Document Signed (1541)

King Henry VIII grants lands in Essex to their rightful heir

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King Henry VIII grants lands in Essex to their rightful heir

King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547, remembered for his role in the English Reformation, his six marriages (and his beheaded ex-wives), and his radical changes to the English Constitution. Rare vellum manuscript DS, signed “Henry R,” one page, 19.25 x 13.5, May 15, 1541. An indenture of livery between King Henry VIII (''the same most Crysten prynce or naturall lyege lorde'') and Humphrey Torrell, granting the latter lands inherited from his father Henry Torrell, with the stipulation that all the property be fully inspected and assessed by the King's valuers. These lands, tenements, rents, and other hereditaments were chiefly located in Essex; the family home was Torrell's Hall, in Willingale Doe. Humphrey Torrell died in 1544, leaving an infant daughter Anne, who went on to marry Henry, son of Sir Thomas Joscelyn. Mounted, matted, and framed with a descriptive caption to an overall size of 25.5 x 21.5. In very good condition, with overall wrinkling and soiling, a stain to the lower left, and a small hole slightly affecting the text.

The life and times of King Henry VIII have fascinated and inspired across the centuries. From William Shakespeare's history play Henry VIII to the recent Broadway hit Six—covering the lives of his several wives—his story continues to capture the public imagination. The autograph of King Henry VIII is rare and highly sought in any form, particularly in complete documents.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
  • Dates: #707 - Ended February 22, 2024

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