1, Henry once poached the best singers from Cardinal Wolsey’s choir after losing a singing competition between his chapel choir and Wolsey’s.
2, In his thirties, Henry was nearly killed pursuing his hawk when he fell headfirst into a ditch of muddy water. A footman saved him from drowning.
3, The King liked to sing and his favorite songs were ‘As I walked along the wood so wild’ and ‘By the banks and I lay.’ Another song Henry enjoyed celebrated his prowess in the tilt yard. It was called, ‘my Sovereign Lord.’
4, Unlike the average Tudor male, Henry’s nightshirts were made of silk.
5, A foot and combat suit of armour was made for Henry in 1520 for the tournament of the field of cloth of gold. However the tournament rules changed and the King abandoned his new suit and never wore it.
6, Later in his life Henry wore glasses for reading. His glasses case was made of gold and were engraved with the arms of England.
7, Many musicians flocked to Henry’s court in search of patronage. A Venetian, Zuan da Leze was so sure that the king would employ him that in 1525 he purchased the best instruments that money could buy and travelled to England to play for the King. But Henry merely thanked him and sent him away with a small purse of money. Devastated Leze committed suicide.
8, After the king’s death his private apartments were found to be full of falconry equipment.
9, Henry loved football and he commissioned a pair of football boots that cost 4 Shillings which is about £100 or $128 today. Tudor football was a violent game. There was no limit on the amount of players on each side, nor on the size of the pitch. Eventually the game became so violent that it was banned.
10, As a young prince Henry rarely spoke in public. After the death of his older brother Arthur, he became his father’s only surviving son and therefore was extremely precious. Henry was kept under strict supervision, away from the court. No one dared to approach or speak to him.