Tudor Jobs, William Shakespeare

The best and worst jobs in Tudor history

Groom of the stool:

This role involved using fine cloths called ‘diapers’ to wipe the King’s bottom after he used the ‘close stool’ and to assist him with washing and dressing. The position of ‘Groom of the Stool’ was much sought after in the Tudor Court because it brought the groom close to the King several times a day including first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The symbol of the office was a gold key in a blue ribbon.

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