This impressive armor was made for henry viii reigned 1509 47 toward the end of his life when he was overweight and crippled with gout constructed for use both on horse and on foot it was probably worn by the king during his last military campaign the siege of boulogne in 1544 which he commanded personally in spite of his infirmities. In 1544 henry viii had 75 gentlemen pensioners or household cavalry and 121 men at arms individual noblemen would also serve in full plate the appearance of such troops would be much the same in any army though englishmen might wear rounded greenwich armour. A guide to the armours and weapons of henry viii in the royal armouries collection with pieces from other collections in britain and abroad the weapons illustrate his interest in the latest read more. Text adapted from arms and armour in the collection of her majesty the queen european armour london 2016 provenance two tournaments were held by henry viii in the latter part of his reign and this armour may have been made in preparation for one or other of these tilts
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