Explaining Henry VIII's Madness
A new study asks whether Henry VIII's personal problems, including his madness, could be explained by a genetic disorder? "By suggesting biological causes for significant historical events, the study offers new ways to think about the infamous life of the notorious 16th-century British monarch, said Catarina Whitley, a bioarchaeologist who completed the research while at Southern Methodist University. 'What really made us look at Henry was that he had more than one wife that had obstetrical problems and a bad obstetrical history,' said Whitley, now with the Museum of New Mexico. 'We got to thinking: Could it be him?'"