London, persecution, Places to visit, Reformation, Tudor London, Tudor Medicine

St. Thomas’ Hospital’s dark past…


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St Thomas’ hospital today

Saint Thomas’s hospital in London was founded in around 1106 and was named after the popular Saint Thomas Becket, who it was believed had miraculous healing powers. The hospital community was shattered by Henry VIII’s policy of the forced dissolution of the monasteries. Thomas Cromwell’s deputy, Richard Layton, visited the ‘bawdy’’ hospital in 1538. The master, Richard Mabott, was accused of selling the hospital’s silver and exacting excessive fees from patients. On 14th January 1540, the hospital was surrendered to the King and the monks were pensioned off.

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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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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, Henry VIII, Tudor Medicine

Henry VIII’s ‘Sorre legge’

During a bout of jousting on 24th January 1536, Henry VIII fell from his horse, Smashing to the ground with the fully armour plated horse landing on top of him.

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Epidemics, Tudor Medicine

Tudor cure for Smallpox Demons…

Smallpox was a highly contagious, potentially disfiguring and deadly disease. There was no cure and no effective treatment.

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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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