24 January 1536 – Henry VIII and his horse fall heavily

Posted By on January 24, 2017

On this day in history, 24th January 1536, at a joust at Greenwich Palace, King Henry VIII and his horse “both fell so heavily that every one thought it a miracle he was not killed”.

It is not known exactly what happened or how serious the accident was, but it put an end to Henry’s jousting days, a blow for the once athletic king and enthusiastic jouster.

There are three main contemporary accounts of the king’s 1536 jousting accident. The first, which is often used to back up the idea that the accident was a serious one and may have caused a frontal lobe injury, is from an account of the accident written by Pedro Ortiz, or Dr Ortiz, to the Empress on 6th March 1536:

“Has received a letter from the ambassador in France, dated 15 Feb., stating that he hears from England that the King intends to marry the Princess to an English knight. The French king said that the king of England had fallen from his horse, and been for two hours without speaking. “La Ana” was so upset that she miscarried of a son.”

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On this day in history, 21st January 1542, just over two and a half months after Queen Catherine Howard’s colourful past had come to light, a bill of attainder against the queen and one of her ladies, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, widow of George Boleyn, was introduced into the House of Lords.

According to this bill, the two women were guilty of treason and could be punished without there being any need for a trial.
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