History News: Henry VIII’s Behavior Problems


An article posted on Discovery News this morning discusses some interesting medical opinions about what made Henry Horrible Henry. A study performed at Southern Methodist by bioarchaeologist Catarina Whitney rules out some causes, while proposing the following possibilities:

  • Henry VIII may have had two rare medical conditions that could explain both his health issues later in life and the miscarriages of two of his wives.
  • An X-linked genetic disease might have caused Henry to become paranoid and anxious after his 40th birthday.
  • An unusual blood type might have caused the bodies of his wives to attack their fetuses.

For the entire article, click here.



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