My personal opinion is that yes, his injury in 1536 changed him. Henry had always been under a lot of pressure - he was only the second monarch in a new House which wasn’t proving particularly strong (Arthur dying young, Henry becoming king at 17). The pressure to provide a son was huge and I think this motivated many of his pre-1536 actions. Yet he never acted in a truly unreasonable or very extreme manner before 1536.
His jousting accident in 1536 was major - he was unconscious for 2 hours which when you think that nowadays 10 minutes is considered a potentially dangerously long time, 2 hours is definitely a cause for concern. Also, it was after this that Henry started to suffer from horrendous headaches which continued throughout his life. To me, these two facts would suggest that some level of damage was caused by that accident. From a documentary I saw, they explained that based on historical records, the area of Henry’s brain that was most likely to have been affected by the accident was the area controlling personality. It was after 1536 that Henry’s personality - and his temper - seem to have become a lot more extreme. I would never call him a psychopath, but I definitely believe that his injury in 1536 changed him and had a significant impact on his mental health. I would actually go as far to suggest that Anne’s fall was partly a result of Henry’s personality change after his accident.
Oooh lucky you. The closest I’ve got so far on mine is Henry VIII’s groom. I’m still hoping though. :)
No. Historians can’t even agree on the year, let alone the day. The closest I can get you is probably June 1501. In my opinion. (Here is a previous answer when I explain my thoughts on the 1501 v 1507 debate)
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Yeah I can see that. I reckon there are lots of songs out there that could fit with Anne/Henry, I’m just not good at spotting them!