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Friday, 29 April 2016
5 things you (probably) didn’t know about King Henry VIII (Year 1491 - 1547)
King Henry VIII is largely remembered as a bully who executed his opponents, oversaw the destruction of religious buildings and works of art, and killed off two of his six wives. But is this image wholly accurate? There is a feature on the ups and downs of Henry VIII's explosive relationship with his chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell, historian Tracy Borman reveals 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about the former king.
5 interesting facts about Henry VIII are:
1) Henry VIII was slim and athletic for most of his life. 2) Henry VIII was a tidy eater. 3) Henry was a bit of a prude. 4) Henry’s chief minister Thomas Cromwell liked to party. 5) Henry VIII sent more men and women to their deaths than any other monarch.
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1) Henry VIII was slim and athletic for most of his life
At six feet two inches tall, Henry VIII stood head and shoulders above most of his court. He had an athletic physique and excelled at sports, regularly showing off his prowess in the jousting arena. Having inherited the good looks of his grandfather, Edward IV, in 1515 Henry was described as “the handsomest potentate I have ever set eyes on…” ................