32 Henry VIII [Great Britain]. [Statutes]. Henry VIII [1491-1547], King of England. Anno XXXII. Henrici Octavi in the Parlyamente Begon at Westm[inster]. The. XXVIII. Of Apryll, The. XXXII. Yeare of the Reygne of the Moste Excellente, Most Hyghe, And Moste Myghty Prynce, Henrye the Eyght by the Grace of God, Kynge of England, and Fraunce Defendoure of the Faythe, Lorde of Ireland, And in Earth, Under Christe Supreame Head of the Churche of Englande, Oure Most Redoubted Soverayne Lorde, There Holden and Afterwarde Continued by Dyvers Prorogacions Unto the .XII. Daye of Apryll in the Sayde Yeare.... [London: Ex aedidus Thomae Bertheleti], 1540 [i.e. 1562?]. LXVII [i.e. lxxii] ff. Folio (10-1/4" x 6-3/4"). Later (nineteenth-century) pebbled cloth, paper label to spine, colored (added) endpapers, edges rouged. Light rubbing and minor light soiling to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, light fading to spine, which has a small tear near its foot, spine ends and corners bumped, later armorial bookplate (of Edwin Freshfield) to front pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and soiling in a few places, early annotations to a few leaves, some affected by trimming. $1,500. * This volume records 48 acts passed during the 32nd regnal year of Henry VIII. A turbulent year in his reign, it also saw the passage of many important acts, including "An Acte Declaryng the Dissolucion of the Kynges Pretended Maryage With the Lady Anne of Cleves," which validated the king's divorce from Anne of Cleves, the fourth of his six wives, and the Statute of Wills. The latter act permitted devise by will, superceding primogeniture and allowing landowners to independently decide who would inherit their land upon their death for the first time. The statute required that valid wills be in writing, signed by the testator and witnessed by at least two other persons, requirements still in place in many jurisdictions today. The ESTC records five variant printings of this title. All are scarce. Taken as a group, OCLC locates 21 copies worldwide. English Short-Title Catalogue S110296. Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law S191.
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