The year that changed Henry VIII

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The year 1536 changed Henry VIII from a handsome, popular and athletic king to a corpulent tyrant who thought little of dispatching his many wives, a historian has claimed.

A new look at the life of one of England's most famous monarchs argues that a series of calamitous events within the space of 12 months had an irreversible effect on his life.

Suzannah Lipscomb, a research curator at Hampton Court Palace and Oxford scholar, said the apparent betrayal by his wife, a dangerous fall from a horse and a religious rebellion all played their part in transforming Henry.

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