Henry VIII's Strange Possessions

Henry VIII's Strange Possessions

Henry VIII, born June 28, 1491, was a musician, composer, and collector of many musical instruments. His personal stash was kept at Westminster Palace in London, where they were maintained by the "Keeper of the King's Instruments." The collection contained 1547 instruments, including bagpipes made of purple velvet with ivory pipework.


from Archaeosoup Productions

Key Facts In This Video

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    Technology for rockets to launch into space were forged by war. (0:54)

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    The armor Henry VIII had made for a tournament was the inspiration for the first spacesuit. (1:19)

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    NASA scientists examined Henry VIII's armor in the Tower of London while designing the first spacesuit. (1:41)

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