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Sweating sickness was a strange illness which affected England in five outbreaks between 1485 and 1551. It caused panic because of just how fast it could kill.
In Showtime’s “The Tudors”, we see Anne Boleyn, played by Natalie Dormer, coming down with sweating sickness and managing to fight it off, while others, such as the king’s good friend William Compton, are not so lucky.
But is this true? Did Anne Boleyn really get sweating sickness and, if so, what happened?
Let me tell you all about it in this video…
And here is my one on sweating sickness:
Do check out the other videos in the “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series too – you can find them in a playlist here.
Megan Newbanks! Congratulations to Megan for being picked as the winner in the Anne Boleyn Files Anne Boleyn Portrait Giveaway. Megan wins GeminiArt’s lovely portrait of our favourite historical heroine, Queen Anne Boleyn. Huge congratulations to her! Thank you to everyone who entered and to everyone who follows my work. I’m finding it hard keeping […]
The latest instalment in my video series “Questions about Anne Boleyn” looks at the question “Was Anne Boleyn charged with witchcraft?” something that rears its ugly head every May when I talk about the indictments of charges laid against her, Anne’s trial and her execution. Did the charges against Anne Boleyn include witchcraft? What about […]
As you will know, I am recording an “on this day in Tudor history” video for the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel every day of 2019. Well, today’s video is about the death of Thomas Boleyn, father of Queen Anne Boleyn, on this day in 1539, so I thought I’d share it […]
To celebrate reaching 20,000 YouTube subscribers and to thank people who have subscribed to my YouTube channel, followed my posts, read my books, and just put up with me going on and on about Tudor history, I thought I’d do another giveaway. It’s my way of saying a big thank you for the ongoing support […]
In 1533, King Henry VIII married his sweetheart Anne Boleyn, the woman he’d been pursuing for at least six years, and then had his marriage to his wife of nearly 24 years annulled – yes, he did it that way round! Some fiction would lead us to believe that this was all Anne Boleyn’s fault. […]
I’ve been chatting with Philippa Lacey Brewell, my co-leader for this year’s tours and a lady who is an absolute whizz at organising them, and she has told me that there are still 5 places available on each of this year’s tours. This is great news if you’ve been holding off booking due to not […]