History by the Month: November and Henry VI

This is the autograph presentation copy of the life of Henry V given by the author, the Italian humanist Tito Livio Frulovisi, to Henry VI, king of England 1422-71. It shows the royal arms on the first page. Frulovisi came to England probably in 1436 in the household of Humphrey, duke of Gloucester, brother of Henry V and uncle of the boy king Henry VI. The reign was not a happy one. Henry VI succeeded as a small child to a kingdom in the last stages of the Hundred Years’ War, soon to be torn apart by the Wars of the Roses. He had been crowned first in France as a baby and secondly in Westminster Abbey on Sunday 6 November 1429. [MS 285, folio 4r]  November Image

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