Picture of the Week 6

King Henry VIII’s vault drawing

I was doing some research on where was Henry VIII was buried and I came across this picture of a drawing that was done hundreds of years after his death of the vault in which he lies in now. I found it so interesting to think that, that is what it looks like underneath the area of floor at St George’s Chapel where his vault is. But the image also shows that Henry’s coffin is damaged and I find myself very upset that it was allowed to happen or that it might not of ever been fixed. (it might of been fixed but I’m not to far into my research about it so when I find out if it was fixed I will update this and let you know or if you know please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what all you know)

This sketch shows the vault in St George’s Chapel where Henry VIII lies buried with Jane Seymour. It was made by Alfred Nutt, Surveyor to the Dean and Canons. Henry’s coffin can be seen in the center, with Jane to the right. Charles I, who had been swiftly buried here following his execution in 1649, is to the left together with a child of Queen Anne. The vault had previously been opened in 1813 when an investigation was made to determine the location of Charles I’s coffin. A number of relics which had been removed at that time were returned to their rightful resting place in 1888, under the supervision of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). Nutt recorded that Henry’s coffin, which was approximately two meters in length, was in a state of disrepair and that some remains of the king were partially visible. It is likely that some damage had occurred during the hasty burial of Charles I. The location of the vault can be seen today, marked by a flagstone in the floor of the Quire of St George’s Chapel.

(Check out the link below and you can see a magnified version of this picture)

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=king+henry+viii+vault&view=detail&id=E95EFE2D9B8A8E0DFDADC646FCEF6D633CF3C124&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR

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