Public Act, 33 Henry VIII, cc. 20 and 21
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- Held At: Parliamentary Archives: GB-061
- Catalogue Reference: HL/PO/PU/1/1541/37H8n33
- Former Archival Reference: Display Document E.3
- Date: 11 Feb 1542
- Level: File
- Extent: 3 parchment membranes and seal
- Category: Acts of Parliament/Laws/Legislation
- Description: This document consists of three items: Act, 33 Henry VIII c.20 (An Act for due Process to be had in high Treasons, in Cases of Lunacy or Madness); Act, 33 Henry VIII c.21 (An Act concerning the Attainder of the late Queen Katharine and her Complices); and, the Royal Commission to which the Great Seal is appended. Its seal-tags annex the two Acts to the Commission in the usual way. [Katherine Howard Act of Attainder; Commission Act 1541]
Katherine Howard (c.1520-1542) was the fifth wife of Henry VIII. Katherine was condemned to death by this Act of Attainder and executed on Tower Green, London. Henry appointed Commissioners to give the Royal Assent to the Act instead of coming himself to Parliament, thus setting a precedent which has since been widely followed.
- Related Material: An image of this record can be found at PIC/S/352
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- Access Status: Open
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- Physical Description: The Acts are signed 'Henry R'; the usual formulae are inscribed on the Acts; the Great Seal is perfect.
- Finding Aids: The original Parliament Office Long Calendar of Acts (HL/PO/8/1/1) and "Statutes at Large" place this document in 37 Henry VIII.
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