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 […]