The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0659 Friday, 4 April 2003
From: Pat Dolan <
Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2003 12:40:33 -0600
Subject: Henry VIII's Legs
Edward Brown wrote of Henry VIII,
"Only after serious leg injuries curtailed his athletic activities did
he become corpulent."
I had always speculated that the ulcers on his legs had something to do
with diabetes. (I've read Catholic scholars that conjectured untreated
syphilis, but I've always doubted it. Sorry, I don't have those
Do we know with a high degree of certainty that the injuries preceded
the corpulence? Has anyone done a convincing diagnosis?
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