Bloodthirsty Henry VIII letter reveals the temper of the Tudor king

May 10, 2018

According to the Runcorn and Widnes World:

A 16th century draft letter demonstrating King Henry VIII’s infamous temper will be on display from May.

It responded to the news that the canons and local people had stopped his men from closing the Abbey during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536.

Evidently enraged, the King first demands that the Abbot of Norton Abbey be hung drawn and quartered with the body parts displayed around the country.

Intriguingly, this has been crossed out and replaced simply with, ‘hung’. Why Henry changed his mind remains a mystery…

The objects illustrate the tumultuous story of the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

To read the entire article in the Runcorn and Widnes World, please click here.

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