Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Mural

Rhodri and Angie Powell live in a spacious house near the town of Taunton, in Somerset, England. One day in January of 2011, they removed some paneling and plaster while renovating their front room and discovered a six foot high, 20 foot wide, 500 year old painting of King Henry VIII covering the wall; it was later confirmed to be the only contemporary mural of King Henry VIII still in existence. It seems their house had once belonged to Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury who helped the King split from the Catholic church in the 16th Century. Fortunately, the Powells decided not to paint over the Archbishop's testament to his sovereign.

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