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The Inventory of King Henry VIII

Editor: David Starkey
Publishing Manager: Johan Van der Beke
Details List of Publications

ISSN 2565-8336

Method of peer review
single-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

Renaissance Art History, Tudors, Henry VIII, Material Culture, Decorative Arts, Tapestry, Relics, Political History, British Isles, 16th century


The aim of the Inventory Project, established in 1991 by David Starkey and supported by the Society of Antiquaries of London, is to publish the text of the 1547 Inventory together with specialist essays on each of the principal categories of art and artefacts that it lists. The text of the Inventory consists of more than 18,000 numbered entries, which record over 50,000 items. The Inventory is not only a catalogue of magnificence but also a key text for evaluating the successes and failures of the Tudor monarchy under Henry VIII, telling us what once existed, and enabling us to identify surviving objects.