Who hijacked Henry VIII’s will?

Historians have long argued that the Tudor king's last will and testament was the product not of his own volition, but of a shadowy court conspiracy. But are they right? Suzannah Lipscomb considers the evidence...

Henry VIII

This article was first published in the December 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

The Act passed in parliament some 13 years earlier had made it treason to speak of the king’s death, but as the 55-year-old, grossly overweight monarch lay dying, one of his courtiers had to pluck up the courage to tell Henry VIII that the end was nigh.

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