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 Royal Provenance.   Historic Association.   Extraordinary Rarity.

FOR SALE: $39,500.00  #10217

      +  An extremely early document of the Tudor King dated 2 October 1509,

just six months after ascending the throne at age 18

     +  Exceptional Association both in that he fought in a battle with Henry VII that was the final challenge to his assumption to the throne and that he was one of the signatories urging the Pope to grant Henry VIII a divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon

     +  An extremely early document of the Tudor King: the earliest document of Henry VIII to be offered at auction since at least 1975

 Henry VIII, King of England, document signed, “Henry R,” one page oblong, 11.25 x 5.25, on vellum, loosely mounted on a mat board 13.5 x 8, as King of England, addressed to “the Treasurer and Chamberlains of our Exchequer that now be, Richemounte” [Richmond], 2 October 1509, written in English court hand. In Part: “Henry by the Grace of God, King of England and of Fraunce and Lord of Irland, to the Treasurer and Chamberlain of our Exchequer that now bee, and that heraftre for the tyme shal be greting. Where as we of or grace espcial have given and granted unto or trusty and welbeloved svant S. Richard Nevil knight by or orders patent under our great seal bearing date xxiii September last past an annuity of XX pounds sterlinge to bee had and yerely payed at the receipt of or Exchequer by yor hand during or pleasure at the feste of Saint Michell the archangel and after…by the said orders patent it may appear more at large….”  The document is a warrant for the payment annually of twenty pounds sterling (about $20,000 in today's money) to Sir Richard Neville, a prominent courtier under Henry VIII. Two thin tears at center left catching a few letters of the text, some age stains, otherwise in fine condition. Comes with an engraved portrait of the King.

Sir Richard Neville, 2nd Baron Latimer KB (c. 1468-December 1530) He was an English soldier and peer. He fought at the battles of Stoke and Flodden. The Battle of Stoke Field on 16 June 1487 may be considered the last battle of the Wars of the Roses, since it was the last major engagement between contenders for the throne whose claims derived from descent from the houses of Lancaster and York respectively. The Battle of Bosworth, two years previously, had established King Henry VII on the throne, ending the last period of Yorkist rule and initiating that of the Tudors. The Battle of Stokes Field was the decisive engagement in an attempt by leading Yorkists to unseat him. Henry’s victory was crushing.

 Sir Richard Neville was made a Knight of the Bath 17 January 1478.

Knight Companion (KB)- Most Honorable Military Order of the Bath – a British order of chivalry. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as “Knights of the Bath.”

 Neville’s father-in-law, Sir Humphrey Stafford (C.1426/27-8 July 1486) a staunch supporter of Richard III. After Richard’s defeat at Bosworth, Stafford fled but was eventually denied the privilege of sanctuary and for his part in the insurrection was executed.  In contrast, Neville appears to have supported the new regime. His strengths were “loyalty to the crown and military service.” He was also appointed to a number of commissions, and is recorded as being in attendance at festivities at court. In 1503 he was among those who escorted the daughter of King Henry VII to Scotland to wed James IV.

 On 13 July 1530 Neville was one of the signatories to the letter petitioning Pope Clement VII to grant Henry VIII a divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He died shortly before 28 December 1530.


An extremely rare document signed by the great Tudor king. Henry VIII is rare in any form. A document in such perfect state and with such great historic association is seldom seen on the market.

$39,500.00     #10217

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