Henry was born in Grenwich, England of June 28, 1491. He was the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. His elder brother died in 1502, allowing him to ascend in 1509. When he was young, he was athletic and intelligent. He spoke English, Spanish, French, and Latin. He was also very religious; he apparently heard three masses per day. He was very fond of hunting. He would tire eight to ten horses each time he went out. He loved writing, music, and art. He was a great patron of arts.