The Decline of Henry VIII

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Photographic portrait of Dr Robert Hutchinson in the library at Wellcome Collection. In front of him sits two open manuscripts MS 7117 an English medical compendium c.1575 and MS 375 two surgical treatises of 1506.
Dr Robert Hutchinson, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

What you’ll do

King Henry VIII is well-known for both his sporting prowess as a young man, as well as his later deterioration, weight gain, and poor health. Hear author Robert Hutchinson bring new light to the question of Henry VIII’s dramatic change in health and how this influenced his behaviour and actions. Taking a keen interest in his own treatment, Henry VIII helped the medical profession develop during his reign. There will be relevant rare material on display as part of the event. 

There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. 

About your speaker

Photograph of Robert Hutchinson

Robert Hutchinson

Robert Hutchinson, OBE FSA, is a British historian from Arundel specialised in the history of the Reformation, especially church archeology.



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