Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Mary Rose

You would have thought that Henry VIII’s sister (herself briefly a Queen before being Duchess of Suffolk, and the one after whom the Mary Rose was named) would have a more significant monument than this, but even the low marble edge was only added by Edward VII who thought much the same when he visited it.

It appears she was granted her request for burial in the great Suffolk Abbey at St Edmundsbury but her death in 1533 was only just ahead of the initiation of the dissolution of the monasteries and her grave was soon moved to a neighbouring Parish Church. It also appears that the table tomb over the grave was later dismantled because it over dominated the sanctuary of the church; I somewhat doubt a Faculty would be granted on such grounds for such a tomb today.

The picture is another of those left over from our trip in Half Term.

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