King Henry VIII was born on June 28, 1491 in Greenwhich, London, England. His parents were King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. As a young child he was very thin, athletic, and intelligent. He enjoyed playing sports like tennis, jousting, and hunting. Henry was also very fond of music and poetry. He loved life and was very happy, he could even speak fluent french, latin, and spanish. The cheery, enjoyable Henry soon began to change after he was involved in a jousting accident.