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"We posit that his jousting accident of 1536 provides the explanation for his personality change from sporty, promising, generous young prince, to cruel, paranoid and vicious tyrant," Lucy Worsley says.
But the jousting accident may have affected his whole personality, the experts suggest.
The sores – varicose ulcers, which began on his left leg when he was 36, and later affected his right – may have been caused by the restrictive garters he wore to show off his calves.
They never healed, and increasingly restricted his mobility.
It was demolished in the 17th century and the Old Royal Naval College was constructed where the palace once stood.
Chief executive of Historic England, Duncan Wilson, told The Wharf: “This is a really remarkable find.