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I’m often asked about this accident and its impact on Henry VIII’s health and behaviour. Was it serious? Did he suffer a brain injury? Did he undergo a personality change after it? Could it have been a factor in Anne Boleyn’s fall just four months later?
In this video, I look at what the contemporary sources say about this accident and share my own opinion on the accident’s impact.
I’d love to know what you think too, so please do leave comments here or on the video on YouTube.
Notes and Sources
Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 10, 427, Dr Ortiz to the Empress
Ibid., 200, Chapuys to Granvelle
Wriothesley, Charles (1875) A chronicle of England during the reigns of the Tudors, from A.D. 1485 to 1559, p. 33
de Carles, Lancelot, “Poème sur la Mort d’Anne Boleyn”, in La Grande Bretagne devant L’Opinion Française depuis la Guerre de Cent Ans jusqu’a la Fin du XVI Siècle, Georges Ascoli.
A few months ago, I asked you for questions about Anne Boleyn that you would like me to answer. Thank you for coming up with so many, and also for asking such interesting ones. I knew I could count on you!
I decided that I’d do a series of videos answering a question at a time and I’ve just recorded this video on the question “Did Henry VIII love Anne Boleyn?”. As I explain in the video, it’s impossible to answer and only Henry could tell us, but I am sharing with you what I think.
I’d love to hear what you think so please leave comments below sharing your opinion, or you can comment on the video on YouTube. You can also subscribe to the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube Channel to be notified when these videos and my new “on this day in Tudor history” videos go live by clicking on the red “subscribe” button at https://www.youtube.com/user/AnneBoleynFiles/.
If you don’t want the volume turned on, or you are hearing impaired, then you can turn on closed captions by clicking on the “CC” or the settings cog in the right-hand bottom corner of the video. They’re not perfect but they will help.
Notes and Sources
Cavendish, George (1827) The Life of Cardinal Wolsey, Second Edition, Harding & Lepard, p. 121.
Starkey, David (2004) Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII, Vintage.
Ives, Eric (2005) The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, Wiley-Blackwell.
“Sandra Vasoli on the love letters of Henry VIII”, talk on 6 January 2015, The Tudor Society.
Lindsey, Karen (1996) Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: A Feminist Reinterpretation Of The Wives Of Henry VIII, Da Capo Press.
15th January has two very important “on this day in Tudor history” events. On 15th January 1535, King Henry VIII proclaimed that he was now Supreme Head of the Church of England. This followed the passing of the Act of Supremacy in November 1534. Click here to read more about this. Twenty-four years later, on […]
Just a quick post to let you know that Philippa has just taken another booking so there are only 7 spaces left on this year’s Anne Boleyn Experience tour. You can secure your place with a deposit on the tour page – click here. I am quite literally counting the days to this year’s tour […]
As I like to have fun jugglings lots of things (as long as they’re Tudor related!), I have challenged myself to record an “on this day in Tudor history” video every day in 2019. I’m probably mad, and I may end up doing them in my pyjamas when I’m under the weather, but I thought […]
As you know, I co-lead history tours with Philippa Lacey Brewell of British History Tours. This year, we are running the Anne Boleyn Experience (an Anne Boleyn focused tour based at Hever Castle – yay!) in May 2019 and the Executed Queens Tour (Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Lady Jane Grey and Mary, Queen of Scots) […]
I just wanted to wish Anne Boleyn Files followers a very Happy New Year! May 2019 bring you love, joy, peace and prosperity, and lots of Tudor history too. New Year is when I reflect on what I did over the previous year and look forward to everything I have planned for the next. Well, […]
Sarah Morris, co-author of In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII, and owner of The Tudor Travel Guide Facebook page emailed me with this update on the Anne of Cleves heraldic panels which she helped to identify back in 2015. It’s worrying news, but there’s […]