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rumour i had heard..
November 24, 2013
9:22 pm
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It cropped up during a conversation I had with a friend some time ago. She said to me…

“Did you know that Henry (towards the end of his life) used to be bricked up inside his lodgings every night, and the bricks taken down every morning, due to his fear of getting sick”

I know he had a fear of getting poorly… but did he take it this far!?

Sorry if this has been covered already.I’m using a kindle and finding it difficult to operate!! ;)

November 25, 2013
4:39 am
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To be honest, I really can’t see that ever have happening.

The logistics are probably beyond the average Tudor bricklayer if he/they had to brick up more than one door and several windows.

Then there were the ceremonial visits to his current wife, was she bricked in as well??

Plus all of his night time attendants…

I’ve spent several hours trying to google this rumour and got nowhere..so it doesn’t seem likely..

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November 25, 2013
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My thoughts exactly. When she said it to me I found it an interesting concept, but I didn’t quite believe it. I wished I’d asked where she heard it from. Thanks for the reply, and the research!!

November 25, 2013
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And of course the length of time it would take to lay the bricks too.. LOL just had a mental picture in my head of the episode of One foot in the Grave, when Victor had upset a builder and the bulider breaking into to his house in the middle of the night and building a brick wall outside his bedroom door.. To cap it Victor woke up in the morning wanting a wee as we all do normally and couldn’t get to the toilet obvisously and getting his neighbour to come round with his hose pipe. enough said..

I believe he was very paranoid when it came to his safety, but I do have difficulty in excepting that he was bricked in every night? I think until I see more evidence if any? and the reasons to why? I have to say “I don’t believe it.” (Good old Victor Meldrew)
I think it’s more likely that he simply had extra guards within his outer chamber and outside his main door.
However in the 1970’s series of Henry 8 and his wives, in the Jane Seymour episode, Lady Seymour gets a little uppity over a strange looking gentleman who has demanded to see the room where the King sleeping. It turns out the guy was a locksmith who had come to put extra locks on the door to the King’s rooms.
I believe this is possibly based on truth somewhat loosely, to do with when face ache was younger. When Arthur died H7 kept Face ache very closely confined, and face ache’s rooms were directly behind those of his father, they could only be reached by going through H7 rooms and H7 basically kept his rooms secure with many locks. H7 in a way contributaed to Face Ache’s paranoia about keeping him safe…
However what I do find strange is that Face ache didn’t keep little Eddy locked up, Yes he was guarded well and the poor kid probably couldn’t even fart without having someone there to witness it, but I don’t believe Face ache locked him away.. Strange.

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November 25, 2013
7:08 pm
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I can’t stop laughing. I am picturing a little house of brick wrapping around Henry’s bed. Thanks for the mental picture sugardoodle. Too funny!

November 25, 2013
7:59 pm
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Lol! Glad to be of service! I just wonder where she heard it from!

November 25, 2013
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A little brick house around his bed lol!
Never heard this one before but I have read that when Henry went on progress and stayed with courtiers etc he took his own door locks with him.

November 28, 2013
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Sharon said

I can’t stop laughing. I am picturing a little house of brick wrapping around Henry’s bed. Thanks for the mental picture sugardoodle. Too funny!

I can’t find the bit I mentioned to you the other night about Victor having to piddle down a hosepipe, because of a irate builder, but I have found this bit.. Not quite the same but I thought it was and still is very funny…. I’ll keep looking for the other bit.

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December 6, 2013
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Thanks Boleyn. Smile

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