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Why Henry VIII Blamed His Impotence on his Wife?s Looks

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Henry VIII had a problem ? he was married to Anne of Cleves, and struggling with impotence. To help protect the king?s manly status, his royal courtiers started spreading the story that the Queen was ugly.

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    Aug 11
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    Aug 26
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    • 8:00am
    Aug 30

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The popular image of Henry VIII is that of an overweight tyrant with multiple wives and an obsession with fathering a son and heir. But there's another side to his story-- that of a youthful, chivalrous king capable of great tenderness and love. Host Tracy Borman reveals the real Henry VIII, a Renaissance man who made England fantastically wealthy before a tragic accident transformed him into the infamous monarch we know today.

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