Posted in Crime and Punishment

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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Posted in Biographies

The world’s first secret Service and it’s Master…

William Cecil was the masterminds behind the world’s first secret service. His spy network included codebreakers, Priest hunters and Catholic double agents. These were utilised to protect the Queen, country and England’s protestant faith from Catholics and other ‘terrorists’.

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Posted in Tudor Paintings

Symbolism in Tudor portraits

In the Tudor era, it was well known that a dog represented faithfulness and that the Tudors were represented by a greyhound. This hidden meaning would be as familiar to a Tudor as a car logo or a symbol for a top brand of shampoo is to us today.

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Posted in Places to visit, Tudor Medicine

St. Thomas’ Hospitals dark past…

There are many fascinating museums in London which are dedicated to the history of medicine. My favourite has always been the ‘Old operating theatre and herb garret museum’ which is located near the south side of London Bridge. It displays historic surgical instruments and hosts live re-enactments of grisly pre-anaesthetic surgery.

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Posted in Crime and Punishment

Being made a laughing stock was deadly…

The earliest recorded mention of the stocks being used as a form of punishment was 4700 years ago. ‘He puts my feet in the stocks.’ Job 33:11

The book of Acts is almost two thousand years old. It describes how the disciples of Jesus, were arrested and their jailer, put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. Acts: 16:24

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Posted in Movies and film

Lets play the ‘Tudor movie dream team…’

If  you could choose just one actor to play Henry and just one to play Anne Boleyn who would they be. You can choose whoever you want for your Tudor movie dream team…

 

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Posted in Sex, Tudor music

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

A real Tudor woman would not have been seen dead in a green coloured dress and this is why…

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