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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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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