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« Reply #60 on: June 29, 2013, 11:45:35 am »

I wonder how different things might have been if Henry hadn't married Katherine of Aragon, but had instead married a younger princess more around his own age (or younger). It might have changed things; he might have had more children, healthy children, and ended up with quite a few sons in the bargain. After seven wasted years over Katherine, he then waited a decade to marry Anne Boleyn, then wasting more years of his prime breeding time and while married to her, gained a ton of weight after his leg problems started and gave up jousting.

Actually, a lot of his excesses came from the fact that he was totally and completely obsessed to have a male heir and he blamed Catherine for not giving him the son(s) (for their sons being stillborn or dieing very very young). He was over the moon when Bessie Blount gave birth to a healthy son. It soothed his bruised male ego and proved to all people that there was nothing wrong with him and he could successfully father healthy children to secure the succession.

Yes; there was also the paranoid worry that God was displeased with him and nothing apparently sent Henry scurrying around in fear than the idea that God wasn't approving of anything he did or didn't approve of Harry in general.

Henry's disease that he passed on to his wives is what caused the stillborn and miscarriages so once again it was Henry's fault.
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« Reply #61 on: June 29, 2013, 04:34:14 pm »

Are you sure it was syphilis?  I've read that none of his medical records included anything about symptoms or treatments related to syphilis, like with mercury.
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« Reply #62 on: June 29, 2013, 05:21:23 pm »

^ There is a theory, based on medical evidence, that Henry was a carrier of syphilis as although such as Anne Boleyn became pregnant she had miscarriages and Edward was a sickly prince who died early and the common reason for that was syphilis. If you look back at Victorian/Edwardian death certificates of children and its says "failed to thrive" it was a euphemism for the effects of syphilis.

They could have kept it quiet after all the all powerful King of England couldn't be seen as anything other than perfect. That's just my suggestion.

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« Reply #63 on: June 29, 2013, 05:30:54 pm »

Berlin, I quoted this message from the 1st page of this thread about Henry and his blood disorder. Maybe it'll clarify things somehow...

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« Reply #64 on: February 20, 2014, 02:06:39 am »

Preview of ‘Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History’

In the new Channel 5 series Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb delves into the world of possibly the most fascinating and contested royal relationship that our monarchy has ever seen – this being the courtship of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

In this two-part series, Dr Lipscomb will explore how this King fell so fiercely in love with a lady at court, and how this led to him going to such drastic extents to marry her. We are all too aware of the events that came about from this romance, including Henry VIII breaking with the Roman Catholic Church and the papacy, becoming the Head of the Church of England, and divorcing his devoted wife of around twenty years, Catherine of Aragon. However, in this series, Suzannah will investigate the background of these events in an attempt to unpick what political and personal reasons could have led Henry into consequently changing history forever. The question is, was it simply love, sheer devotion and infatuation between Henry and Anne which influenced the events leading to their marriage? Or are there more underlining factors that we have not yet considered? And, for such a notably impatient King, what made Henry drive towards these changes for so many years?

The first episode of this series will be broadcast on Channel 5 at 8pm on Thursday 20th February, and will be repeated on Channel 5+24 on Friday 21st February at 8pm
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« Reply #65 on: February 20, 2014, 02:54:41 am »

TB was what did Edward in  - Tuberculosis was the "Tudor Disease" - Henry's older brother died of it too. 
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« Reply #66 on: December 24, 2016, 08:24:05 pm »

In 1541 King Henry VIII had a law introduced which banned all sports on Christmas Day except archery.     
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