Crime and Punishment, Justice, Life in Tudor times, persecution, Strange Tudor beliefs, William Shakespeare

The persecution of witches: The King who believed in werewolves and influenced Shakespeare

In 1597 a Royal pamphlet was published about werewolves, the classification of demons, witches and black magic. It explained and endorsed the reasons for persecuting witches in a Christian society under the rule of  law. It included methods of discovering witches and told the ‘misinformed populace’ of the practices, the implications and dangers of sorcery.

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Sex, Strange Tudor beliefs, Tudor music, Tudor women

The hidden sexual meaning of the Tudor song ‘Greensleeves’ …

A real Tudor woman might not have wanted to be seen dead in a green coloured dress and this is why…

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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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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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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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