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Copy of the will of Henry VIII

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Copy of the will of Henry VIII
c. 1547
Level of description
Extent and format
ff. vi + 8.
Small folio.
Cloth binding, purple. Original vellum covers, fols. iv, v, formed from a leaf of a 15th-century missal.
Scope and content
In the hand of John Godsalve (Clerk of the Signet before Jan. 1531/2, afterwards Comptroller of the Mint; d. 1556). Initials of John Godsalve, fol. 8v, and signatures, fols. iv, v. For the text of the will see T. Fuller, The Church-History of Britain, III (1845 ed.), 214-29.
Henry VIII (1491-1547), King of England and Ireland
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Archival history
Discovered by Samuel Woodward, geologist and antiquary (1790-1838) among old deeds of the Bedingham estate, Norfolk, and presented to him by Clement Unshank. Note by Woodward, Norwich, 24 July 1837, fol. iii verso, and references, fol. vi, to the abridged publication of the will by Sir N. H. Nicolas, Testamenta Vetusta, I (1826), 37-44; Woodward has marked in blue passages not printed by Nicolas.