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April 5, 2012
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Anybody with any ideas about what technology was available in Tudor times? Please don’t say nil!

April 5, 2012
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They used the astrolabe to measure the position of the sun and stars, making travelling by sea easier. They didn’t invent it though, it had been around since Ancient Greek times, but the Tudors greatly improved it. The first flushing toilet was invented in the Tudor period, as was the knitting machine. There was also the printing press!

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April 5, 2012
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Elliemarianna, Although a flushing toilet was built for Elizabeth 1st, the idea seems to have been around for many years with the Romans having a flush toilet system some 2 thousand years ago. It would seem to have been reinvented many times in the years that followed. The first printing press (Gutenberg) was pre-Tudor even allowing for Caxton’s use of it in this country, but the technique had been greatly improved upon and was in more common use during the Tudor period. There are many aspects of Tudor life that we would think of as suprisingly advanced and this is indeed an interesting subject to further delve into, however time is short at present so I have only stated what I know (or think I know) from the top of my head. I must do some more research methinks!

April 5, 2012
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Does a horse and bugie count? 16th century cars

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April 6, 2012
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Was there still the town crier, or was the horn invented? And what did they have to cook with? Blenders didn’t yet exist, right?

April 6, 2012
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Blenders didn’t yet exist, right?

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April 6, 2012
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None he could drink Sharon, although he was surrounded by plenty of them who nodded their heads in agreement at everything he said!Wink

April 6, 2012
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Now now you lot.
I was just wondering if they had any kitchen robots to help them with soup making or well, anything like that. Things like bread, how was it stored, perishables like vegs and fruit other than being dried. Winter stores? And what about binoculars? Now, what do we have today that they didn’t and vice versa? Ideas, ideas…

April 6, 2012
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Telescopes hadn’t been invented in Tudor times so hadn’t binoculars.

Food storage, drying or salting meat and fish. Vegtables could be stored in a root cellar . Bread was made daily or as needed.

They had roasting spits in large kitchens operated by either spit-boy or spit-dog. Tony Robinson’s Worst Jobs in History had one set in Tudor times where he acted as a spit-turner.

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April 6, 2012
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We still have a local town cryer in Wells!

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April 7, 2012
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What about fishing poles? They ate fish right ?

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April 7, 2012
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poles and nets…possibly fish traps as well.

IIRC the BBC programme about a Bronze age village had a fish trap built at the low tide mark which was basically a small corral in which they caught a tin of tuna….

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April 7, 2012
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Also their weapons were early-ish technology, right?
Like bow and arrows, cross bows, cannon balls etc etc.

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April 9, 2012
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I would like to know how the market worked, currency and all that, and the way the economy ran. Scales, balances, tools, building equipment and know how, cooking techniques and any foreign ideas or influences that marked change…. hm.

May 5, 2012
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William Caxtan brought over the printing press. Mirrors were also used to intenify candle light. Meat was usually kept in barrels full of salt, as way of preservation, and of course fruit such as plums and peaches were generally bottled. Medicine wise any ailment was generally treated with herbs, in much the same way as the Druids and the Romans did.. For instance if you got a headache chew a piece of Willow Bark. Willow Bark contains Aspirin. Leeches were used quite a lot from anything from having piles to having a wart of your big toe, again the Romans and the Ancient Greeks used these methods a lot.. Honey was also used a lot to cure sore throats and also to seal any flesh wound. The Egyptians were responible for this idea and yes it did work extremely effectively too. Mercury was also used as a medicine, I think it was used more as a purge than anything else although there were cases were Mercury was used to treat unhealed or hard to heal wounds.
Liquorice root was also used as a laxative.
Brick dust or soot was used a form of toothpaste.
Lavender and hops were used in sleeping possets, as was calaomile flowers. I think Opuim was used too.
Hemlock and Valarian were also used.

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May 6, 2012
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I am not sure but was it around this time we get actual guns of some sort handguns or maybe rifles or something?

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May 6, 2012
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arquebuses were early fire-arms http://www.britannica.com/EBch…../harquebus

muskets dated from the mid 16th centuary

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