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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This major publication Henry VIII: Arms and the Man can be purchased from The Royal Armouries Shop.

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Did you know?

Thunder birds are go!

Artillery pieces before about 1700 were often classified by names. A rare type of very big gun was known as a basilisk; a more common long powerful gun was known as a culverin; and smaller versions were named after birds of prey such as saker and falcon.

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