Henry VIII and the Royal Football Shoes

Textile expert Maria Hayward has found evidence that Henry VIII's extensive wardrobe contained a pair of football shoes which cost him four shillings. A new study by textile expert Maria Hayward proves that the rollicking King Henry VIII was a footballer. Included in his wardrobe of some 17,000 pieces of clothing and accessories, the king had a pair of football boots made of heavier leather than regular boots by the royal cordwainer. According to Dr. Hayward, the way the boots were mentioned in the inventory set them apart from other articles of clothing, making them something special.

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