Was Henry VIII Infertile? Miscarriages and Male Infertility in Tudor England

Despite his infamous six marriages, Henry VIII produced only four children, two of whom survived to adulthood. He was notorious for getting rid of his wives after they failed to give him a male heir, but the power of a retrospective lens suggests that Henry VIII may have been at fault: researchers are suggesting that Henry was infertile. This theory is particularly believable when considering his obesity, the combination of injuries sustained in his early life, his poor diet, stress, and a predisposition to infertility from his paternal lineage. Read full article here


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