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: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3184015/Anne-Boleyn-s-ghost-captured-camera.html#ixzz4gnzWJNop

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London, Mysteries, Places to visit, Tudor London

London’s heart of stone? Excalibur? King Arthur’s sword in the stone? What is the London stone?

The London Stone was originally situated on the south side of medieval Candlewick Street (Now Cannon Street) opposite the west end of St Swithins church. This was very close to the homes of Henry VII’s financial agents Edmund Dudley and his next door neighbour Richard Epson. Both were falsely executed as traitors in 1510 and were Henry VIII’s first scapegoats for his father’s unpopular policies.

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Epidemics, Mysteries, Strange Tudor beliefs, Tudor Medicine

Dance Until Death… The dancing plague of 1518…

In 1518 a woman from Strasbourg stepped into the street and began to dance wildly. Her name was Frau Troffea and she had no music to dance to and her face showed no signs of pleasure. Her involuntary jig lasted all day long and after hours of exhaustion she collapsed in a sweaty heap. Continue reading “Dance Until Death… The dancing plague of 1518…”

Life in Tudor times, Mysteries, Places to visit, Strange Tudor beliefs, Tudor Medicine

Tudor medicine… Frog’s spawn anyone?

Tudor physicians believed that fish could cause leprosy, Fresh fruit was considered unhealthy and the stars could put our bodies ‘humours’ completely out out of balance.

The bills of mortality show that Tudor people thought they could die from things such as: wind, worms, gripping of the guts, the teeth, a cough and of surprise. There were many other Tudor ailments that we don’t even think of as being fatal or even ailments at all. Tudor beliefs about health and medicine can be very strange to modern eyes.

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