January 13, 1547

On January 13, 1547, the Earl of Surrey, Henry Howard was sentenced to death by Henry VIII of England. What got Henry Howard’s neck shortened? He added the arms of King Edward the Confessor to his coat of arms and Henry VIII thought the vain man wasn’t entitled to do so and had his head lopped off. Copyright infringement was taken a lot more seriously in 1547.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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