Henry VIII


Since the release of the ‘Grammys Dress code’ and all the celebrity photos from last night’s awards show which proved that clearly no one listened to it, I thought it would be funny to remember that wearing outfits that enhance your private parts is nothing new.

Here’s Henry VIII, the notorious 16th century English monarch and his even more notorious codpiece.


Tower of London
Photo credit: Nadine Korte

First photo source and more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_VIII_of_England

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4 Responses to Henry VIII

  1. Sandra says:

    Which he wore because he had syphilis. Fun fact. 😉

    • Nadine says:

      Sandra – Good call!!! There’s a whole journal article on this exact topic from the Journal of Internal Medicine in 2004 here: http://www.hawaii.edu/hivandaids/The_Codpiece__Social_Fashion_or_Medical_Need.pdf

      A WHOLE essay on why men wore a codpiece in the 16th century! Long story short: the codpiece was popular in the 16th century and so was syphillis. What a fun time this C.S. Reed must have had writing about historical men’s underwear!

      I took the liberty of finding the grossest quote from the article for you: “The disease [syphillis] caused foul and large volumes of mixed pus and blood to be discharged from the genital organs and the swellings in the adjacent groin tissue. The mess would require bulky woollen wads and woven cloth bandages to be applied, distorting the whole of the genital area and the lower abdomen.”

      Ewwwwwww…and YAY for modern times!! 🙂

      • Sandra says:

        I was having lunch……ewwwww. Lol. 🙂

        My fault for not stopping as “Grossest quote”.

  2. Can’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉

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