The signature of Katherine of Aragon on a page to Thomas Wolsey printed in 1513 (catalogue guide: SP 1/5, no. 219)
The love letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn which are now housed in the Vatican Library in this evening’s episode of BBC One’s Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, Lucy gets exclusive access to film. How they got here no one knows, but there they have been within their glory, depicting the all-encompassing love of the King for their ‘awne sweth hart’.
The Vatican Library, through its digitisation programme, is making nearly all its unique and breathtaking manuscripts offered to an audience that is worldwide. We can all go through Henry’s letters you need to know the numeric archival reference to find them (Bibl as they were originally penned – but. Vat. Lat. 3731 a) that is pt there are not any online descriptions to locate.
Numerous relevant documents remain concealed from historians within the Vatican and somewhere else usually because their online archival catalogues provide inadequate information to recognize rich sources for British early history that is modern. Continue reading “Six spouses into the archives: a view from European countries”