Henry VIII from portrait shown with one of his armours

Henry VIII: Arms and the Man


Edited by Graeme Rimer, Thom Richardson and J.D.P. Cooper

YouTube video link to Tonlet armour being worn

In 2009 we marked the 500th anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII to the English throne with an international exhibition – Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill – which was held at the Tower of London in a partnership between the Royal Armouries and Historic Royal Palaces.

Published to coincide with the launch of the exhibition, this definitive publication illustrates and records over 90 Henrician treasures drawn from the Royal Armouries’ own collections and from museums and institutions worldwide.

Leading historians and specialists in arms and armour contributed major essays on subjects which encompass the wide-ranging aspects of Henry’s reign, from war and politics to dress and dining.

Essays include:

This magnificent publication 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, presenting many of these pieces as they have never been seen before in glorious high definition.

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The related documents below are free articles from Henry VIII: Arms and the Man.
This major publication Henry VIII: Arms and the Man can be purchased from The Royal Armouries Shop.

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A special exhibition in the White Tower at the Tower of London, commemorating the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.

23 October 2015

Tower of London

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