Eustace Chapuys and the tyrannical Henry VIII

| January 26, 2015

Eustace Chapuys and the tyrannical Henry VIII

Just a few days ago, I wrote about Henry VIII being unhorsed by his opponent during a joust at Greenwich Palace on 24th January 1536, an accident which one source claimed led to the king being unconscious for over two hours. Whether or not the king was unconcious for that long, it was serious enough […]

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII has a Jousting Accident

| March 10, 2014

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII has a Jousting Accident

On this day in 1524, the thirty-two year-old King Henry VIII suffered a jousting accident after he forgot to lower his visor in a joust against Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Tudor chronicler, Edward Hall, gives the following account of the accident: “The 10th day of March, the king having a new harness [armour] made […]

24 January 1536 – A Serious Jousting Accident for Henry VIII

| January 24, 2014

24 January 1536 – A Serious Jousting Accident for Henry VIII

On 24th January 1536, at Greenwich Palace, the forty-four year-old King Henry VIII suffered a serious acccident while jousting. We have three main contemporary reports of the accident: one from Eustace Chapuys, Emperor Charles V’s ambassador in England, another from Dr Pedro Ortiz, Charles V’s ambassador in Rome, and a further one from chronicler and […]

24 January 1536 – Henry VIII’s Brush with Death

| January 24, 2013

24 January 1536 – Henry VIII’s Brush with Death

On this day in history, 24th January 1536, the forty-four year-old Henry VIII suffered a serious jousting accident at Greenwich Palace. The Imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, reported: “On the eve of the Conversion of St. Paul, the King being mounted on a great horse to run at the lists, both fell so heavily that every […]

24 January 1536 – Henry VIII’s Jousting Accident

| January 24, 2012

24 January 1536 – Henry VIII’s Jousting Accident

On the 24th January 1536 the 44 year old King Henry VIII had a serious jousting accident at Greenwich Palace. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, reported it in his dispatches, writing:- “On the eve of the Conversion of St. Paul, the King being mounted on a great horse to run at the lists, both fell […]