Henry VIII (1491-1547)
Henry VIII, son of Henry VII - the founder of the Tudor dynasty - was born in the medieval palace of Placentia at Greenwich, itself completely rebuilt as Greenwich Palace by his father during his childhood. It was also his principal palace during the early years of his reign. Henry took great interest in his navy. His father had founded Portsmouth dockyard and he created those at Woolwich and Deptford (near Greenwich), and at Chatham, in all of which ships were built primarily for fighting purposes instead of being converted merchantmen. This required a more developed administration and he is generally regarded as the founder of the Royal Navy as distinct from the 'navy royal' of his medieval predecessors.
Object number: BHC2763
Date: 16th century
Original dimensions: 660 mm x 470 mm
- Image reference: BHC2763
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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