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Henry VIII. Copy of will

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Henry VIII. Copy of will
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Extent and format
Paper; ff. vi + 8. Small folio. Cloth, 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); c. 1547. 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.