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Tudor Minute January 24, 1536: Henry is injured

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for January 24.

Today is the anniversary of Henry VIII’s most famous jousting accident, in 1536. It was actually his second jousting accident – the first one, 20 years earlier, had just left a glancing blow and wasn’t serious. This one, however, was, and some have argued that it left him with permanent brain damage that contributed to the change of his personality. He was unconscious for nearly two hours, and everyone thought it was a miracle that he hadn’t been killed. He fell off his horse, and quite possibly his horse fell on him.

This is also the event that, Anne Boleyn said, worried her enough that she miscarried of her son several days later.

Also on this day, in 1502 Henry VII signed the treaty with Scotland that married his daughter Margaret to that kingdom. It would be Margaret’s line that inherited after the death of Elizabeth I with the accession of James I in 1603.

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com.