Henry VIII portrait - in graphic house style;e

King Henry VIII: which weird facts are fakes?

King Henry VIII is one of England’s most infamous monarchs, known for his six marriages, larger-than-life personality and eccentric tastes. In this quiz, we’ll test your knowledge of King Henry VIII and see if you can tell which of the following weird facts are real, and which are fake. Are you ready?

Question 1 out of 10:

Henry VIII trained his horses to kneel so he could mount them more easily.

Portrait of Henry VIII on horseback
Question 2 out of 10:

Henry VIII had a special horn that he would blow to summon his pet monkey.

Capuchin monkey
Question 3 out of 10:

Henry VIII once gave his wife’s nephew 400 dogs as a gift.

Neon 'woof' sign
Question 4 out of 10:

Henry VIII invented the flushing toilet.

Old toilet
Question 5 out of 10:

Grilled beaver tails were served at Henry VIII’s banquets.

A beaver
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Question 6 out of 10:

Henry VIII hated music, and banned it from being played in his presence.

Stringed instruments displayed on wall
Question 7 out of 10:

Henry VIII only became heir to the throne because his older brother died unexpectedly.

Prince Arthur Tudor in stained glass
Question 8 out of 10:

Henry VIII dressed up as Robin Hood, and pretended to rob his wife as a prank.

Illustration of Robin Hood
Question 9 out of 10:

Henry VIII wore glasses.

Helmet with glasses
Question 10 out of 10:

Henry VIII defeated the king of France in a wrestling match.

Tapestry showing Henry VIII wrestling

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