How big did Henry get?


The King, being lusty, young and courageous, greatly delighted in feats of chivalry

– Edward Hall, The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and Yorke

Henry VIIIOn thinking of Henry VIII, the first image that will spring to mind for many people is that of a large, round and foul-tempered king. Interestingly, however, in his early life this could not have been further from the truth. As a young man, Henry VIII was actually rather athletic, excelling in tennis, jousting and hunting.

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 was not killed.

– Eustace Capuys

File_000While the young king obviously had access to a great variety and amount of food, this was counteracted by his active sporting life, keeping Henry in…

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