Hunting was not all fun and pleasure. It could also be very dangerous. Once, while hunting a wild boar, Henry came face to face with death. The wild boar turned on him and he was saved only by a quick acting peasant girl who shot the beast down with her bow and arrow.
Though it was a sport, the meat did not go to waste. Oftentimes, the meat was given to local peasants, or placed upon the King's own table. In a letter Henry wrote to Anne Boleyn, he tells her that he is sending her a large amount of game for her table.
|Hunting Sword used by Henry VIII|
Though a bloody and dangerous sport, it was a favored pastyme of Kings and Queens of the Tudor age and beyond. Even today the royals still participate in this ancient "pastyme," many times in the same locations, such as Windsor Castle, as Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Henry VIII: The King and His Court - Alison Weir
Tudor England: An Encyclopedia - Kinney and Swain