"As a proof of the King's desire, he had resolved to wear his beard till the said meeting. To requite this token of his affection, Francis "laid his hand on his beard, and said surely he would never put if off till he had seen him"
Another tale also refers to the French king, who had his head shaved after he received a head injury, it seems that Henry was so envious of the respect shown by the French courtiers who kept their hair short while the king recovered, that he ordered his court to follow suit. Later in Henry's reign, despite having a beard himself he introduced a tax on beards, and like Henry VI and the moustache tax, there is no mention of why. Lastly, Thomas More, the friend and confidant of Henry said at his execution:
"My beard has not been guilty of treason. It were an injustice to punish it."
It was not only the noble and the common Tudor man who suffered as a result of having a beard, lawyers suffered too, these learned men were not allowed into chambers if they had a beard, and they would have had to pay twelve pence extra for a meal at lunchtime.
Incidentally, a beard in Tudor times was anything over a fortnight's growth.
courtiers' beard, and just like our monarchs taxed their courtiers a hundred rubles each year a beard was worn. But if they persisted he forced these men to wear about their necks a medal that said:
"beards are a ridiculous ornament."
were fined two shillings.
For our men today it is a matter of choice to wear a beard, but do bear the following in mind if you don't have one. Charles Darwin considered that the beard played its part in the role of sexual selection suggesting that there is evidence that a greater number of women find men with beards more attractive than men without.