Henry VIII's armor shows king was "larger than life"

New research by the Royal Armouries in Leeds looks at the progression of Henry VIII's girth through the study of his armor. The various suits of armor have been reunited into one place for the study for the first time since the Tudor era.

As a young man, Henry was known to be tall and fit, but as his years -- and woes -- progressed, his increased size bears witness to an unhealthy lifestyle. “He was an absolute monster,” said Peter Armstrong, the director of the Royal Armouries.