Saturday, 9 February 2013

Bed head of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

This bed head was designed for Henry VIII's unsuccessful marriage to Anne of Cleves. It was made in England in 1539 but since the marriage was broken up six months later it probably was not used for some time. It is currently held by a museum in Glasgow.

The description in the middle panel is describing Henry VIII as the King of England and France, Lord of Ireland and head of the Church of England. The left panel bears the royal motto, Dieu et mon droit (God and my country) and the right panel has the initials of Anne and Henry surrounded by sign of fertility.

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