King Henry VIII

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Meghan Markle's Ancestor Beheaded by Harry's Kin

And family tree reveals a great-great-great-grandfather was a slave in Georgia

(Newser) - Meghan Markle's family tree has shown that beau Prince Harry is a distant cousin (they share an ancestor dating back to the 15th century), but there's a darker revelation: One of her ancestors was beheaded on the orders of Henry VIII. Lord John Hussey was born around 1465,... More »

You Can Buy a Castle Where Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn Slept

Slept for about a week-and-a-half, that is

(Newser) - If you’re looking for a castle with a vineyard, a kitchen garden, and oodles of curb appeal, Thornbury Castle should be on your list. So long as you can foot the $10 million asking price , that is. The 16th-century castle's early decades weren't exactly smooth ones. Construction... More »

Behind Henry VIII's Bad Behavior: Brain Injury?

The anger and forgetfulness started after jousting and horse accidents

(Newser) - Henry VIII may be best known for having had six wives, killing two of them, and establishing the Church of England in the process. Now a behavioral neurologist at Yale is posing an explanation for the English monarch's famously erratic behavior: traumatic brain injury. (Interestingly, a 2009 documentary for... More »

An Old Disease Rises Again in America

Gout afflicts more Americans than ever

(Newser) - It's the condition that tormented Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, King Henry VIII, and Benjamin Franklin, and today increasingly afflicts regular Americans: gout. The painful inflammatory condition, caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, may seem retro, but thanks to fructose-sweetened soft drinks, purine-rich foods, and general... More »

Tudor Sailor Bones Set for Exhibit

400 went down on Mary Rose as dismayed king watched

(Newser) - The bones of King Henry VIII's faithful fighters will soon go on display in a Portsmouth museum, nearly 500 years after they were defeated at sea by the French. The sailors of the flagship Mary Rose went down to defeat in a battle among 80 other Tudor vessels against 225... More »

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