Jousting yard where Henry VIII nearly died just discovered 5 feet under

Scientists in England have found the exact spot where, in 1536, King Henry VIII had a terrible jousting accident — a mighty smashup that led to what was likely a traumatic brain injury that permanently altered his personality.

This accident “does seem to be this central event that changed the behavior of [Henry VIII],” said project leader Simon Withers, a researcher and doctoral candidate in the Design School at the University of Greenwich’s Architecture School, in the United Kingdom. Before the king’s jousting accident, Spanish and Venetian ambassadors described Henry VIII as a charming, outgoing, clever and handsome king. After the accident, Henry VIII reportedly became an impulsive, often depressed and migraine-ridden monarch, according to sources from that time. 

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