24 January 1536 – “A miracle he was not killed”

| January 24, 2016

24 January 1536 – “A miracle he was not killed”

On 24th January 1536, at a joust at Greenwich Palace, fourty-four year-old King Henry VIII suffered a fall, either falling from his horse or his horse stumbling and both of them falling. The primary sources differ over exactly what happened and the seriousness of the accident. Although some history books, websites and programmes suggest that […]

12 January 1510 – God save the King!

| January 12, 2016

12 January 1510 – God save the King!

On 12th January 1510, Henry VIII jousted for the first time as king at a private joust at Richmond Park. He had become king following his father Henry VII’s death on 21st April 1509 and was a keen sportsman, excelling at the joust. On 29th May 1510, Luis Caroz de Villaragut wrote to Ferdinand II, […]