That is, until a jousting accident in 1536 seriously injured him and he was forced to retire from sport. However, for the majority of his life, the controversial king boasted a slim and athletic figure. He was a great athlete: participating in many popular sports, such as rugby, wrestling, javelin, double-axe fighting, tennis, hunting and archery. After his accident, he became more gluttonous and, without exercise to train his body, rapidly gained weight. This is not a commonly known fact, in large part due to many famous depictions and paintings of Henry portraying him as obese and unsightly in his later years.
He was very athletic and an able sportsman. (3/17)
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