Henry VIII's Health in a Nutshell Kindle Edition
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I have to say that Kramer had me at the phrase “reproductively challenged”! What a brilliant and catchy way to describe Henry’s long suffering attempts to gain a son and male heir to his throne. Kramer manages to broach this rather tragic and sad subject with a touch of humour which leaves the reader intrigued and wanting to read more of her book to learn more.
Within the pages of ‘Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell’ Kramer discusses various illnesses and injuries that Henry VIII suffered throughout his life. She starts of by discussing Henry VIII’s legs and all the troubles that the King had with them, starting from a middle aged man right through to the last years of his life. She poses the possibility that the larger than life King may have suffered from venous ulcers or perhaps even muscular atrophy. Certainly he had horrible ulcers that had to be kept open and swollen legs in the latter years of his life. Kramer provides some very compelling proposals as to the reasons why Henry’s legs were as bad as they were.
In regards to Henry VII’s reproductive challenges Kramer proposes a very interesting theory that the King may have been Kell positive and that he later developed McLeod syndrome. Lots of theories have been put forward throughout the centuries as to why Henry VIII’s wives suffered from so many miscarriages and still births, a great deal of these theories focus upon the wives themselves. Kramer’s proposal looks at Henry VIII and she provides a very compelling argument as to why the King may have been Kell positive. I have to admit with the overwhelming amount of evidence that Kramer provides I was convinced!
A large portion of Kramer’s book is spent discussing the very well-known change in personality of Henry VIII after 1531. Kramer discusses in depth the King’s deteriorating health, his doubts of depression and the savage way he began to react to those around him as his imminent death approached. This was my favourite part of Kramer’s book. She compares the early years of Henry VIII’s reign and how he treated courtiers and the common people with reasonable grace, compared to his near tyrannical treatment of those around him in the later years of his life. Within this section of the book Kramer proposes some very interesting theories as to what exactly caused this change in the King’s mental health.
I also enjoyed reading Kramer debunk the very common myth that Henry VIII suffered from Syphilis! There is simply no proof at all to suggest the King had this illness and Kramer is able to completely squash this myth with evidence from the King’s doctors and his own actions.
I loved this book as I love the other books in MadeGlobal’s Nutshell series. It was extremely informative, well written, and easy to read and I felt I learnt a great deal about Henry VIII’s overall health. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in Henry VIII.
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