The famous King Henry VIII ruled England for almost 36 years. During this incredible life (1491-1547) he had six wives and many mistresses, which eventually determined him to break from the Catholic Church and create the Church of England. King Henry VIII fathered three future English monarchs, known as Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. However, even if King Henry is well-known, there are some interesting things that people may discover about this interesting historical figure. Here are a few facts that you probably do not know about King Henry VIII.
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1. King Henry VIII managed to write a beloved popular song
Not long after his coronation, King Henry VIII wrote the music and words for the song “Pastime with Good Company.” This song was a court favorite before it became very popular throughout the entire England. The song is considered to be a celebration of courtly life. However, King Henry, also wrote several other songs, which became popular in the country, but also in many other places around the world.
2. King Henry VIII was obese only during the last years of his life
As we know, Henry, was considered to be the most handsome ruler of his era. He was well over 6 feet tall, but he grew considerably in girth after a 1536 jousting accident. Unfortunately, after the accident, he became less and less able to exercise. During 1540, Henry weighed more than 300 pounds.
3. King Henry VIII was also known as “coppernose” after issuing cheap currency
During the English Reformation, the English Kingdom accumulated great wealth and property by confiscating Catholic monasteries. However, by the end of his reign, his funds run very low and he was forced to lower the percentage of silver in British coinage. Due to that, coinage started to be made mostly by copper, with a silver coating, which in time faded away leaving the image of Henry’s face bearing the so called “coppernose.”
King Henry VIII was probably England’s most notorious king, unfortunately, people still portray him as an evil tyrant. What do you know about King Henry’s reign?