Issue Date: 21/04/2009
Issue Name: The Age of the Tudors - 500th Anniversary of The Mary Rose
Producer: Buckingham Covers
It’s 500 years since Henry VIII commissioned what was to become his favourite ship to be built. Pride of the English Fleet, The Mary Rose is the only 16th Century warship on display anywhere in the world. The Mary Rose Trust was formed in 1979 and under the direction of Dr Margaret Rule CBE, an archeological team began the painstaking work to excavate the wreck.
This edition is one of the more unusual ones, using the stamps torn from the miniature sheet. We officially worked with The Mary Rose on the cover design. It has a Portsmouth postmark and is available signed by English actor Jeremy Irons.
The Mary Rose
1509, was the year that Henry VIII came to the throne, married Catherine of Aragon and was crowned. The following year, the keel was laid for a new warship, to be called The Mary Rose. She was named after Henry's sister Mary and after the Tudor Rose, the family emblem which combined the red rose of Lancaster with the white rose of York.
Mary Rose was launche in 1511 and became the flagship of the English fleet where she served with some success against the French. The motto Pour Defender was inscribed on the demi cannon to reflect Henry VIII's defensive policy and his enthusiam for the new guns being cast for him in London. In 1545 Marie Rose was sunk during an engagement with an invading French fleet two kilometres from the entrance to Porstmouth Harbour in fourteen metres of water.
Finally on 11th October 1982, The Mary Rose was raised from the sea bed. Today, the Mary Rose and her treasures are on display in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on the south coast of England.
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Jeremy John Irons is an English actor. After receiving classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Irons began his acting career on stage in 1969.