This is the death mask of England's King Henry VII (the father of King Henry VIII), who was the first Tudor monarch and reigned from 1485 to 1509. It is said to be the finest death mask in existence. It's also unusual in that his eyes are open.

This is the death mask of England's King Henry VII (the father of King Henry VIII), who was the first Tudor monarch and reigned from 1485 to 1509. It is said to be the finest death mask in existence. It's also unusual in that his eyes are open.

Miniature of Elizabeth of York. She was the daughter of a king (Edward IV), the…

Miniature of Elizabeth of York. She was the daughter of a king (Edward IV), the…

St Mawes Castle, Cornwall - St Mawes Castle and its twin across the other side of the River Fal, Pendennis Castle, were two of a series of coastal forts and castles built by King Henry VIII as protection against potential invaders such as the Spanish. The castle dates from the early 16th century.

St Mawes Castle, Cornwall - St Mawes Castle and its twin across the other side of the River Fal, Pendennis Castle, were two of a series of coastal forts and castles built by King Henry VIII as protection against potential invaders such as the Spanish. The castle dates from the early 16th century.

Detail from Whitehall Palace showing the Banqueting House- In 1530, King Henry VIII acquired York Palace from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Henry renamed it Whitehall Palace. The Palace replaced Westminster Palace as Henry's main London residence. In 1533, Henry married Anne secretly at the palace, and in 1536 married Jane Seymour. He died at the palace in January 1547. Much of the Tudor portion of the building was destroyed by fire in 1691.

Detail from Whitehall Palace showing the Banqueting House- In 1530, King Henry VIII acquired York Palace from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Henry renamed it Whitehall Palace. The Palace replaced Westminster Palace as Henry's main London residence. In 1533, Henry married Anne secretly at the palace, and in 1536 married Jane Seymour. He died at the palace in January 1547. Much of the Tudor portion of the building was destroyed by fire in 1691.

John of Gaunt (1340 - 1399 ). The rich and powerful Plantagenet prince. His liaison with a commoner called Katherine Swynford produced four illegitimate children who were given the name Beaufort  ( He married Katherine in 1396 and their children, by this time adults, were legitimised).Their son John was the Great-Great Grandfather of King Henry VIII of England.

John of Gaunt (1340 - 1399 ). The rich and powerful Plantagenet prince. His liaison with a commoner called Katherine Swynford produced four illegitimate children who were given the name Beaufort ( He married Katherine in 1396 and their children, by this time adults, were legitimised).Their son John was the Great-Great Grandfather of King Henry VIII of England.

Information and facts about Henry...good idea for history classes and graphics!

Information and facts about Henry...good idea for history classes and graphics!

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