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Bluff King Hal character jug medium - Lancaster and Sandland circa 1950

Bluff King Hal character jug medium produced by Lancaster and Sandland of Hanley, England, circa 1950. Henry VIII (1491-1547), a monarch in the grand manner. The nickname "Bluff King Hal" was given to Henry VIII referring to his bold and assertive personality, as well as his reputation for being a bit of a larger-than-life character.
Scholar, musician, military leader, founder of the English Navy, he reigned for thirty-eight years. However, the significance of Henry's reign is often overshadowed by his six marriages. The early part of Henry's reign saw the young king invade France, defeat Scottish forces, and write a treatise denouncing Martin Luther's Reformist ideals, for which the Pope awarded Henry the title Defender of the Faith. Henry avoided governing in person, leaving matters of state most notably with Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York. Cardinal Wolsey virtually ruled England until he failed to secure the papal annulment for Henry to marry Anne Boleyn in 1533. The subsequent break with Rome led to the establishment of the Church of England and the royal supremacy that would last until the execution of Charles I and the establishment of the Commonwealth one hundred years after Henry's death. A braided rope forms the handle of the jug.

Maker:

Lancaster and Sandland

England

circa 1950

Model #:

character jug

Size:

medium

Height:

4"

Bluff King Hal character jug medium - Lancaster and Sandland circa 1950
Bluff King Hal character jug medium - Lancaster and Sandland circa 1950
Bluff King Hal character jug medium - Lancaster and Sandland circa 1950
Bluff King Hal character jug medium - Lancaster and Sandland circa 1950
Bluff King Hal character jug medium - Lancaster and Sandland circa 1950
Bluff King Hal character jug medium - Lancaster and Sandland circa 1950
Bluff King Hal character jug medium - Lancaster and Sandland circa 1950
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