Why Nasa turned to Tudor armourers for spacesuit inspiration
He was a king. He was a lover and he was a fighter. He cut England off from 1,000 years of Catholic religion just so he could dump a wife, then developed a penchant for cutting off his spouses’ heads as well.
Among many, many others – two wives, a cardinal, 20 lords, six attendants, four public servants and three abbots found themselves about a foot (well, a head) shorter thanks to Henry VIII. He changed the face of England forever and today is as much a legend as an historical reality.
But did you know he also helped Nasa put a man on the Moon?