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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

12 January 1510 – Henry VIII Jousts for the First Time as King and Panic Ensues

| January 12, 2014

12 January 1510 – Henry VIII Jousts for the First Time as King and Panic Ensues

According to chronicler Edward Hall, it was on 12th January 1510 that Henry VIII jousted for the first time as King. The joust took place at Richmond Park and was a private event. The King and his friend, William Compton, both attended the joust in disguise and this led to confusion and panic in the […]

12 January 1510 – Henry VIII’s First Joust as King

| January 12, 2013

12 January 1510 – Henry VIII’s First Joust as King

On this day in history, 12th January 1510, Henry VIII jousted for the first time as King. The joust was a private one, and took place at Richmond Park. Henry and his friend William Compton attended in disguise, and there was panic when Compton was seriously injured by Edward Neville. Nobody knew whether it was […]

The Shrovetide Joust of February 1526

| February 7, 2012

The Shrovetide Joust of February 1526

The shrovetide joust of 1526 was the first indication of Henry VIII’s courtly pursuit of Anne Boleyn. According to the chronicler Edward Hall, it was on this day that Henry VIII rode out in cloth of gold and silver “richely embraudered, with a mannes harte in a presse, with flames about it, and in letters […]

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 […]

Henry VIII’s Jousting Accident – 24th January 1536

| January 24, 2011

Henry VIII’s Jousting Accident – 24th January 1536

On this day in history, 24th January 1536, Henry VIII was unhorsed by his opponent during a joust at Greenwich Palace:- “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 one thought it a miracle he […]