Anne Boleyn, Battle of Bosworth, Epidemics, Henry VII, Original Letters, Tudor Medicine

The mysterious sweating sickness

Shortly after Henry Tudor won his crown from Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth several thousand of his subjects died of a mysterious new epidemic. It was called, ‘The English sweating sickness.’

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Anne Boleyn, Crime and Punishment, Henry VIII, Justice, Original Letters, Places to visit, Tudor women

Anne Boleyn’s letter from the Tower, May 6th 1536.

It is alleged that a copy of this letter was found amongst Thomas Cromwell’s possessions after his execution. Its authenticity is doubted because Anne was closely guarded and it would have been difficult to conceal such a letter. However the letter does have a ring of authenticity:

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Epidemics, Mysteries, Strange Tudor beliefs, Tudor Medicine

A medieval manuscript could hold the key to the antibiotic crisis

The Ancient-biotics team is a group of medievalists, microbiologists, medicinal chemists, parasitologists, pharmacists and data scientists from multiple countries. They believe that the answers to the antibiotic crisis can be found in medical history. They hope to unravel whether the cures really worked and why. They are compiling a database of medieval medical recipes which have had astonishing results.

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Anne Boleyn, Gossip, Mysteries, Tudor women

Is this Anne Boleyn’s ghost?

Liam Archer, 26, was exploring Hever Castle in Kent with his family when he took this picture which appears to show a hand hovering in the left hand side of the frame. Read the full article:


Anne Boleyn, Crime and Punishment, Henry VIII, Justice, Tudor London, Tudor women

19th May 1536: Queen of England executed for treason…

Before her execution Anne Boleyn heard Mass and took Holy Communion for the last time. She declared her innocence before and after taking the Eucharist before witnesses. This is important because She believed, like all sixteenth century people, that if she lied on the Eucharist that she would be condemned to hell.

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Life in Tudor times, Strange Tudor beliefs, Traditions

Bringing in the May… What is May day?

Celebrated with dangerous sports, exotic rituals and wild festivities May Day has been celebrated in Britain for centuries.

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