Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell

| September 9, 2014

Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell

Just a quick post to alert you to the publication of my new book, which is a short book on that Tudor mystery disease, sweating sickness. Here are all the details: MadeGlobal’s History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and accessible […]

Sweating Sickness or the English Sweat

| May 16, 2014

Sweating Sickness or the English Sweat

Sweating sickness first reared its ugly head in England in summer 1485 and there were four further outbreaks – in 1508, 1517, 1528 and 1551 – before it completely disappeared in England, never to be seen in that land again. Anne Boleyn, Thomas Boleyn and George Boleyn caught it in summer 1528 and survived, but […]

Tudor Diseases and Ailments

| December 17, 2013

Tudor Diseases and Ailments

As you know, I was ill in bed for a few days last week and it got me thinking about disease in Tudor times. I’m not going to go into detail on Tudor medicine, the four humours etc., I just want to touch on diseases that were common in that era. Today, many of these […]

Sweating Sickness

| August 13, 2010

Sweating Sickness

In June 1528, when Henry VIII was courting Anne Boleyn, one of Anne’s ladies was suddenly taken ill with sweating sickness. Henry, who was paranoid about illness “took off on a flight from safe house to safe house” and Anne went into quarantine at Hever, the Boleyn family home in the Kent countryside. There, Anne […]