Henry VIII Fast Facts

Henry VIII is one of the most famous kings in history. Most people remember him for having six wives.

They were Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr. Use this rhyme to remember what happened to each of Henry's wives:

Divorced, Beheaded, Died,
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived

We all imagine Henry VIII to be the grandly dressed and rather fat King in portraits. He was actually very athletic when he was young, he was especially good at jousting, archery and hunting.

The armour King Henry VIII wore as a young man shows that his waist measured about 36 inches but the last set of armour showed a waist measurement of about 60 inches!

Henry VIII is often viewed as a cruel king, particularly towards the end of his reign. During his 38 years on the throne it estimated that he had around 57,000 people executed!

King Henry VIII is often associated with the traditional song Greensleeves and some believe that he wrote the words and lyrics himself for Anne Boleyn.

As Henry VIII became old and ill, his doctors were afraid to tell him that he was dying because the Treason Act banned anyone from predicting the death of the king.

The music-loving monarch owned 78 recorders, 78 flutes, five sets of bagpipes and a virginal, a type of early harpsichord.

By the time he died, Henry owned 50 palaces, including Hampton Court Palace, Whitehall Palace and St James's Palace.

It is said that Henry had a remarkable memory and could remember the names of every servant employed in all the royal households, there would have been hundreds!

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