Mid Anglia Group, Richard III Society

Today’s new special stamps …

murreyandblue

Sir Brian Tuke by Hans Holbein Sir Brian Tuke by Hans Holbein

… are about the history of the Royal Mail and it’s predecessors:
http://shop.royalmail.com/issue-by-issue/royal-mail-500/icat/royalmail500

As you can see, they feature Sir Brian Tuke, who Henry VIII made Master of the King’s Posts in 1512. He occupied other positions, including clerk of the council of Calais, Treasurer of the Household and secretary to Cardinal Wolsey:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Tuke
http://www.oxforddnb.com/index/27/101027803/

One of his principal duties must have been organising the deliveries of the 72,000 death warrants Henry VIII mandated.

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