Henry VIII

Why did Henry VIII sign his name Henry R?

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August 05, 2009 8:56PM

The "R" stood for "Rex," which is latin for King. Latin was the

common language of the highly educated back then. So, by signing

"Henry R" he was signing as "Henry the King." His daughter

Elizabeth did the same, but the R stood for "Regina," or Queen in

her case.

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