Henry VIII’s Exploding Corpse

Kenneth Erwin Engelhardt:
Henry VIII suffered a jousting accident in his mid 40s in which he struck his head and damaged his pituitary gland and left him effectively bedridden.  As a result of this, he became morbidly obese to the point where he had to be physically wheeled around in his castle. In his 20s, he had a 30 inch waist and 39 inch chest. At his peak weight, at almost 400 pounds, he had a 54 inch chest. His appetite was legendary and consumed 5000 calories per day.

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When he died in 1547 (ten years after his accident) there was a lead lined coffin built that was capable of containing his huge body. His lead coffin, which was carried on a lavishly decorated chariot, had an effigy of Henry VIII on top. The funeral procession of Henry’s body from Whitehall and Westminster towards Windsor did not start until more than two weeks had passed after his death. Eight miles from London, Henry VIII’s funeral procession stopped for the night at Syon House (which had once been a monastery). After the Bishop of London had offered Mass for his soul, some attendants noticed that Henry’s lead coffin had been damaged during the night. Because of the extreme state of decay of the Henry’s corpse, it had exploded inside the coffin. Parts of the coffin had sprung a leak.

The rotting stench perfumed the air Syon’s old chapel as the king lay there, and a liquid which looked like blood had also seeped onto the stone floor. Both the putrid smell and the fluid seeping onto the floor were too disgusting for public display so a decision was made to find a local plumber to solder the coffin joints shut before finishing the last part of the funeral procession.

While the casket was being repaired a dog came up and began licking up the discharge that had leaked onto the floor according to an eyewitness account which is quoted in: Robert Hutchinson’s The Last Days of Henry VIII (Weidenfeld, 2005): –

[T]he pavement of the church was wetted with Henry’s blood. In the morning came plumbers to solder the coffin under whose feet was suddenly seen a dog creeping and licking up the king’s blood. If you ask me how I know this, I answer William Grenville, who could scarcely drive away the dog told me and so did the plumber also.
It seemed that Friar Peto’s prophecy had been realised. As the old friar’s warning to Henry back in 1532 had been widely reported at the time, many people were aware of it. Needless to say, word soon got out that Henry VIII really had married England’s Jezebel and had also abandoned God and been punished for it in a manner reminiscent of King Ahab.

Henry was eventually buried next to Jane Seymour in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

http://www.factfiend.com/henry-8ths-corpse-literally-exploded-died/

http://www.speroforum.com/a/kkftbfrvlg30/67748-A-macabre-tale-of-the-death-and-burial-of-Henry-VIII#.Wd7mC2hSyM8

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In addition to his writing, he is also an amateur artist who has taken to developing an Henry VIII online fantasy, manga novel (The Lost Planet Diaries) which revolves around artistic creations that he developed entirely on his own. Lost Planet Diaries developed in part from the infamous Sonichu comic series by internet celebrity Christine Weston Chandler who lives in Ruckersville, Virginia as well as his natural talents for writing. (French Madonna).

In addition, Kenneth Erwin Engelhardt or Kenneth Engelhardt graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BBA. Kennesaw State University is in Kennesaw, Georgia. Kennesaw is located in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area and is one of the fastest growing universities. It is a senior member of the University System of Georgia.

Kenneth Erwin Engelhardt or Kenneth Engelhardt is an amateur online blogger who lives in Warwick, Rhode Island and is developing an online presence on the internet. After a rather awkward start by trial and error, he is slowly learning his way around WordPress and blogging. Kenneth Erwin Engelhardt devotes his time to finding interesting subjects to blog and discuss on his website. Kenneth Erwin Engelhardt has also taken an interest into researching various historical subjects which he hopes to be able to put up on his websites to provide additional interesting material Henry VIII for his audience. (French Madonna)
In addition to his writing, he is also an amateur artist who has taken to developing an online fantasy, manga novel (The Lost Planet Diaries) which revolves around artistic creations that he developed entirely on his own. Lost Planet Diaries developed in part from the infamous Sonichu comic series by internet celebrity Christine Weston Chandler who lives in Ruckersville, Virginia as well as his natural talents for writing. (French Madonna).

In addition, Kenneth Erwin Engelhardt or Kenneth Engelhardt graduated from Kennesaw State Henry VIII University with a BBA. Kennesaw State University is in Kennesaw, Georgia. Kennesaw is located in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area and is one of the fastest growing universities. It is a senior member of the University System of Georgia.