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article imageDid Science Just Prove Henry VIII Was Mad?

By KJ Mullins     Apr 19, 2009 in Science
462 years ago Henry VIII passed away years before an autopsy could delve into his brain. On the History Channel Monday a belated autopsy will explore the husband from Hell and expose madness.
In the past when someone died doctors didn't have the means to find out the causes of death. Certainly that was the case over 450 years ago when King Henry VIII passed away leaving questions and a new church in his wake.
Scientists have been able to look into the man who at 57 died crippled by leg ulcers and a huge waist.
When he became king he was an athletic teen who loved to joust. The king's waist can be measured by the waist measurements throughout his years of armor.
King Henry VIII was well educated, speaking several languages and a lover of the arts. He was also very hated by his rivals and not a fan of the ex-wives that survived their marriage. Two of his wives lost their heads when they lost favor with their King.
AP reports:
"Clearly, at the beginning of his reign he was quite a catch - ebullient, charismatic, handsome," said Dolman, who has put together a touching exhibition at Hampton Court devoted to the women in Henry's life - his put-upon wives and his two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth.
"He's a horrid person, but he is a passionate person and he loves - passionately loves - at least four of his wives."
England was changed by his reign to this day. The church of England was Henry VIII's doing and stands still strong to this day.
Gulf News
reports:
"He marked the transition from a medieval state to a modern state. He founded the Church of England. He swaggered out and claimed a place for England on the European stage that it has held ever since, despite its size," said Suzannah Lipscomb a curator at Hampton Court Palace.
Was his love of jousting the reason that he spiraled into madness. Doctors have found that he suffered brain damage following a jousting fall.
Henry VIII also suffered from malaria, syphilis and diabetes.
Tune into the Discovery Channel to find out the science behind Henry VIII's death.
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