Eustace Chapuys and the tyrannical Henry VIII

| January 26, 2015

Eustace Chapuys and the tyrannical Henry VIII

Just a few days ago, I wrote about Henry VIII being unhorsed by his opponent during a joust at Greenwich Palace on 24th January 1536, an accident which one source claimed led to the king being unconscious for over two hours. Whether or not the king was unconcious for that long, it was serious enough […]

Henry VIII – How We Can Never Understand Him

| June 28, 2013

Henry VIII – How We Can Never Understand Him

OK, time for a controversial soap-box article… Today is Henry VIII’s birthday so Henry VIII is being discussed on various Facebook pages and one link which is being shared is Sky News’ article “Henry VIII would be a modern day psychopath” in which Henry “scored 174 against a ‘starting’ psychopath score of 168” according to […]

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn – How Did Love Turn to Hate?

| June 15, 2011

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn – How Did Love Turn to Hate?

This article has been inspired by three different things:- An extract from Susan Bordo’s book, “The Creation of Anne Boleyn”1, which is due to be published in 2012. An interview question I was asked yesterday, “How did his incredible passion for her turn, if not to hatred, at least to a willingness to let her […]

Henry VIII, Kell Blood Group and McLeod Syndrome

| March 7, 2011

Henry VIII, Kell Blood Group and McLeod Syndrome

Back in February, I wrote about a new report published by American researchers Catrina ­Whitley and Kyra Kramer in “The Historical Journal”, and for some reason it’s back in the news and is a hot topic at the moment. The report, entitled “A New Explanation for the Reproductive Woes and Midlife Decline of Henry VIII” […]

Did Anne Boleyn Change History?

| February 17, 2011

Did Anne Boleyn Change History?

Anne Boleyn has fascinated the masses for close to five hundred years. In her short life, she captured the heart of a king, helped to bring about great religious reform, and died an innocent woman, the victim of the charms that gave her the key to the crown in the first place. Even today she […]

Should Henry VIII be Exhumed and Would it Provide the Answer to his Tyranny?

| February 15, 2011

Should Henry VIII be Exhumed and Would it Provide the Answer to his Tyranny?

On Sunday 13th February, there was a report on The Daily Express and Sunday Express website entitled “Queen Asked: May We Dig Up Henry VIII?”. The article opened with the following:- “THE Queen is to be asked for permission to exhume the body of Henry VIII in a bid to prove that a rare ­disease […]

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 […]

Henry VIII and the Fall of Anne Boleyn by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb

| September 14, 2010

Henry VIII and the Fall of Anne Boleyn by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb

Today, we have a guest post from author and historian, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, whose book “1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII” I’ve just reviewed over at our Tudor Book review site. It is a book that really helped me understand what made Henry tick and why he turned into a monster, and which was […]