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.
Could this letter have been sent from Anne Boleyn to her husband, Henry VIII, while she was imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting her trial or is it a forgery?
The letter in the British Library
A legend claims that ‘Anne’s’ letter was found amongst Thomas Cromwell’s belongings, In his rooms after his execution, in June 1540. The letter above is said to be a copy of Anne’s original letter which had been damaged.
Cromwell was the king’s Principal Secretary who many historians believe planned and arranged the fall of the Boleyn family and their friends in one foul sweep in May 1536. Cromwell certainly, gained prestige from the disgrace of the Boleyn family:
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 even 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.
Readers could be forgiven for feeling that the surviving notes of doctor Hall, who practiced in Elizabethan England are more like spells from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books than anything like the serious medical documents they were intended to be:
To stop bleeding from the nose a small cloth was dipped into frog spawn and left to dry. This little ‘tent’ was then inserted into the nostril. (Frog spawn was meant to cool burns and inflammation.) Then clay was applied to the forehead, temples and neck. Continue reading “Tudor medicine… Frog’s spawn anyone?”
I cannot put into words how good Kentwell Hall ‘do Tudor.’
If you want to experience an authentic recreation of Tudor England then this incredible Suffolk experience has to be the best. Kentwell Hall have been staging live Tudor events since 1978 and when they say ‘Our Tudor days are unrivalled in scale‘ and ‘What we offer is still the biggest, most comprehensive, and most authentic Tudor experience you will get anywhere’ on their website they are not exaggerating! They have over 250 ‘Tudors’ who are enthusiastic and thoroughly absorbed in their Tudor roles. Continue reading “Take a walk down the Time Tunnel and spend a day in the Elizabethan England…”
Fylettys en galentyn recipe: A rich dish of roast pork stewed in caramelised onion gravy…
Ingredients: to make 4 portions
- 400g (14 ounces) roast pork
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- 1 pint (600ml) gravy – a good beef stock will do, with powdered pepper, cinnamon, cloves (one is plenty) and mace for an optional Tudor taste
- 1 teacup of breadcrumbs – brown bread works best
- 1 level teaspoon of vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Tudor free stuff: Great for half term! And Tudor Web chat contact for schools from the Mary Rose museum: Enjoy!!!
Free App ‘Mary Rose : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mary-rose/id640109037?mt=8&ls=1
Build the Mary Rose, Henry the VIII’s favorate ship: buildaship-bw
Printable: Build Henry VIII with instructions: MYOHenryV
Build a sundial: sundial (1) Printable:
Make Hatch: the dog who lived on the Mary Rose: hatch
Free puzzle sheets:
Printable: Make a Mary Rose flagon: colour-maryroseflagon
Make a cannon: colour-iron-gun-pt2colour-iron-gun-pt1
The gift shop link: http://www.maryroseshop.org/
Teacher Alert!!!!! Global Web Chat for schools!!
For a small fee teachers can book a web chat session for their school from the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth England. The Mary Rose website says:
‘Talk to our experts via live video link. Find out more about life on board the ship or how our scientists have conserved her for future generations’
Teachers say,“It was a wonderful way for the children to become more engaged with history and each class left enthusing about how interesting it had been. I will whole-heartedly recommend the service to friends and colleagues.”
“Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your team!!! Exwick Heights really enjoyed their web session and hope to do it again in the future!”
Web chat £25 + VAT
Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org 02392 871119
Ed singing in his hometown: The church and Castle can clearly be seen in this video!
The church and tombs:
Saint Michael’s church, in Framlingham, Suffolk, has the tombs of Henry Fitzroy Duke of Richmond (who was the illegitimate son of Henry VIII) Thomas Howard 3rd Duke of Norfolk.(who was Anne Boleyn’s infamous uncle.) his long suffering wife and his son Henry Earl of Surrey. Surrey was executed on Tower Hill on 19th January 1547 and surprisingly, for a executed traitor, has a wonderful tomb. Continue reading “Framlingham: Ed Sheeran’s home town!”