Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm Henery the Eigth, I Am (maybe)


The folks at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art say it's "believed" that this armor, including its horsey accouterments and cool shoes, belonged to jolly old King Henry VIII. Makes you want to hum an annoying tune, doesn't it?








And just in case that song still ain't in your head . . . 

10 comments:

Cap'n Bob said...

I find it hard to believe Henry could have squeezed his heft into that sardine can.

Shay said...

That saddle does NOT look comfortable.

Keith West said...

I'm sure the armor is from his younger days. And I love the design of the shoes, the flared toes so his feet stay in the stirrups.

Evan Lewis said...

That's so, Keith. Younger days were mentioned. I have pics of his later, fatter battle armor (coming soon), which should make a believer out of Cap'n Bob.

Richard said...

Making good use of the photos you took while in New York, I see. Cool.

Cap'n Bob said...

I considered the armor may have been from his younger, svelter days but there's no joke in that.

Rick said...

How tall is the suit of armor? And do you have any idea how tall Henry VIII was?

Evan Lewis said...

How tall? Dang, that's a tough question. since I took these pics seven days ago. I have the impression the armor stood about my height (6'1"), but the glass case is built on a base of at least 5 or 6 inches, and the round base beneath the feet adds another inch and a half or two. I'm guessing he wasn't real tall.

Oscar said...

How did he get his feet in the stirrups? And how can you walk around with all that crap on your bod?

Evan Lewis said...

Most of the armor I saw was ingeniously hinged. And according to the audio tour, most suits weighed only about 50 pounds, so a reasonably strong man could move pretty well, and pick himself up when he fell.