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.

The museum website says:

Concealed in the roof space of an old baroque church in Southwark lies an unexpectedly macabre site – a 19th-century surgical operating theatre. A church attic may seem a bizarre choice of location for such a grisly purpose, but St Thomas’ Church once stood at the centre of the ancient St Thomas’ Hospital, surrounded by the female wards of the hospital’s south wing. Its attic was in fact well suited to the job: a skylight flooded the chamber with natural light, while the distance from the wards soundproofed other patients from the screams.

 

Built in 1822, the operating theatre is the oldest surviving in Europe. In order to learn their trade, crowds of medical students and apprentice apothecaries would cram into the attic to watch live operations. It was sure to be a gruesome spectacle, as the theatre was in use before the invention of antiseptics, or even anaesthetics.  When St Thomas’ Hospital moved site in 1862, the old operating theatres entrances were concealed and were only accessible only by ladder. Its location was lost until 1956, after which a major restoration project got underway.

Poppies, which were used to prepare medicinal opium, were found in the rafters, revealing that the roof space was also used as a ‘herb garret’. The attic was large, dry and inaccessible to rats, making it the perfect location for St Thomas’ apothecary to prepare and store medicinal herbs and ingredients.

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St Thomas’ hospital today

Saint Thomas’s hospital was founded in about 1106, it was named after of Thomas Becket was made a saint in 1173. Becket was extremely popular, who people believed had miraculous healing powers. He was born in Londoner in 1118. Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.

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The early medieval hospital was staffed by Augustinian monks and nuns. St Thomas’s hospital performed three important functions. Hospitality was given to poor travellers and pilgrims, a home was provided for the destitute and aged, and the sick were nursed. Catholics believe that when they treat those who are despised by society they are in reality showing God their love for him. This is based on the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 35-40:

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Posted in Anne Boleyn, Places to visit

The Mystery of the letter from the Tower, May 6th 1536.

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:

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Posted in Places to visit, 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 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?”

Posted in Places to visit

Take a walk down the Time Tunnel and spend a day in the Elizabethan England…

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The moat at Kentwell Hall.

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…”

Posted in Places to visit, Tudor cookery

Tudor Cook-along videos and recipes!!

Fylettys en galentyn recipe: A rich dish of roast pork stewed in caramelised onion gravy…

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 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.

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Posted in Free app, Free printables, Homework and school projects, Places to visit

Free printable s and app!

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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

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Printable: Build Henry VIII with instructions: MYOHenryV

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Build a sundial: sundial (1) Printable:

pocket-sundial                                                                                       Make Hatch: the dog who lived on the Mary Rose: hatch

Free puzzle sheets:

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Printable: Make a Mary Rose flagon: colour-maryroseflagon

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Make a cannon:  colour-iron-gun-pt2colour-iron-gun-pt1

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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 education@maryrose.org    02392 871119

Visitors’ guides are available in different languages, and we also provide children’s guides in Bengali, Chinese, Polish, French, German,Italian and Spanish.

Enjoy!

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Posted in Framlingham, Places to visit

Framlingham: Ed Sheeran’s home town!

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!”