The young Prince Henry, the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, who were very loving parents, was born 28 June 1491 at Greenwich. Henry was styled the Duke of York.
Henry had a very spoilt childhood. He was so spoiled that he even had his own ‘whipping boy’ who was punished every time Henry did something wrong! Of course he had his own fool named John Goose and a lot of servants and minstrels.
After his older brother´s death, Henry became next in line to be King. His father died of tuberculosis in 1509 and the 17( or 18) years old Prince became King.
Henry was vigorous and handsome. He was an incredible fighter and loved jousting and hunting.
He was also very clever. He was good at latin, maths, astronomy, cosmology and music.
This is a description of Henry by someone who saw him in 1509:
"His Majesty is the handsomest potentate I have ever set eyes on; above the usual height, with an extremely fine calf to his leg, his complextion fair and bright, with auburn hair, combed straight and short in the French fashion, and a round face so very beautiful that it would become a pretty woman, his throat was rather long and thick"
"He is very fond of hunting, and never takes his diversion without tiring eight or ten horses which he causes to be stationed before hand along the line of country he means to take, and when one is tired he mounts another, and before he gets home they are all exhausted. He is extremely fond of tennis, at which game it is the prettiest thing in the world to see him play, his fair skin glowing through a shirt of the finest texture."
He must have been an incredible man in his youth.
Here is a description of the clothes he wore:
"His fingers were one mass of jewelled rings, and around his neck he wore a gold collar from which hung a diamond as big as a walnut. His clothes were magnificent to match, sumptious silks, cloth of gold, satins, coloured feathers and of course jewells and precious metals sprinked everywhere."