Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Death of Henry VII

This drawing show the death of Henry VII (on the bed) and his most intimate friends and courtiers (clockwise):
Richard Fox - Bishop of Winchester
George - Lord Hastings
Richard Weston - Esquire of the body and Groom of the Privy Chamber
Richard Clement - Groom of the Privy Chamber
Matthew Baker - Esquire of the body
John Sharpe and William Tyler - Gentlemen Ushers
Hugh Denis - Esquire of the body
William Fitzwilliam - Gentleman usher (holds the staff)

The other people present are two clerics and three doctors (holding urine bottles). Since the King was out of the public's eye it was possible to keep the King's death a secret up until the 24th April.

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