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Anne Boleyn Questions – Just how serious was Henry VIII’s 1536 jousting accident?

| January 24, 2019

Anne Boleyn Questions – Just how serious was Henry VIII’s 1536 jousting accident?

As you know, I’ve been doing a daily “on this day in Tudor history” video for the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube Channel and today’s video also fits into my “Anne Boleyn Questions” series because it is about Henry VIII’s 1536 jousting accident. I’m often asked about this accident and its impact on […]

24 January 1536 – To be unconscious or not to be unconscious? That is the question

| January 24, 2018

24 January 1536 – To be unconscious or not to be unconscious? That is the question

On this day in history, 24th January 1536, the forty-four-year-old King Henry VIII suffered an accident while jousting at Greenwich Palace. It was an accident that is hotly debated today, nearly 500 years after it happened, with some historians seeing it as a real turning point in Henry VIII’s reign and a cause of his […]

10 March 1524 – King Henry VIII has an accident

| March 10, 2017

10 March 1524 – King Henry VIII has an accident

On this day in history, 10th March 1524, thirty-two-year-old King Henry VIII suffered a jousting accident. The king had forgotten to lower the visor of his headpiece and was struck by his good friend and brother-in-law, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, on the brow. It could have been a very serious accident “for the Duke’s […]

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII laughs off a jousting accident

| March 10, 2016

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII laughs off a jousting accident

It is easy to forget when looking at later portraits of Henry VIII and hearing about him being so overweight and ill that he had to be carried around on a special chair, that Henry VIII was once a keen sportsman. He was not just an enthusiastic sportsman, he was actually good as well. One […]

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 […]

Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell – New book out today!

| November 5, 2015

Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell – New book out today!

Congratulations to my good friend Kyra Kramer, who many of you will know from her book Blood Will Tell: A medical explanation for the tyranny of Henry VIII, on the release of her latest book Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell. I will definitely be reading this! Here’s the blurb… MadeGlobal’s History in a Nutshell […]

Jousting: A Dangerous Sport

| June 30, 2015

Jousting: A Dangerous Sport

If you follow The Anne Boleyn Files Facebook page or you have my On This Day in Tudor History book you will know that today is the anniversary of a horrible jousting accident in 1559. On 30th June 1559, Henry II of France suffered a mortal head wound while jousting at the Place Royale at […]

10 March 1524 – A jousting accident for Henry VIII

| March 10, 2015

10 March 1524 – A jousting accident for Henry VIII

On 10th March 1524, thirty-two year-old Henry VIII was injured after he forgot to lower his visor in a joust against his good friend and brother-in-law Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. According to the records, “the duke struck the king on the brow right under the guard of the headpiece on the very skull cap […]