The Tudor Society

10 March – Henry VIII and a nasty jousting accident

A portrait of Henry VIII by an unknown artist, c. 1520.

Many people have heard of the jousting accident Henry VIII suffered in January 1536, but that wasn't the first accident he suffered while participating in one of his favourite sports. On 10th March 1524, the king was struck on the brow while jousting, something that could have been incredibly serious and even fatal.

What happened?

In today's video, I share a contemporary account of Henry VIII's jousting accident.

You can also see my talk Henry VIII: the jouster.

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