9 surprising facts you never knew about the Tudors
Posted on: 10/03/2017 with tags: English History, henry viii, history, Tudor
- Henry VIII kept his dead brother Arthur’s clothes in his private wardrobe, right up until his own death.
- Henry VIII suffered from such severe constipation that his doctors regularly administered enemas, which were made from pig’s bladders.
- During her nine-day reign, 16-year-old Lady Jane Grey wore high heels in an attempt to appear more ‘queenly’.
- Henry VIII enjoyed some unusual foods at his feasts. Kitchen accounts include swan, peacock, porpoise and even dolphin.
- Henry VIII was a fan of football, or ‘camping’, as it was sometimes known. He even had a special pair of football boots made.
- Elizabeth I cleaned her teeth with soot, which was actually very effective at removing stains and odours.
- The Tudors had some inventive cures for stomach ache. One potion included wormwood, spearmint, vinegar, rose water and a dead chaffinch.
- Henry VIII loved to gamble. He once lost £450 (equivalent to £145,000 today) in a single game of dominoes.
- The Tudors kept pets. Mary I had a pet parrot, and Elizabeth I had a monkey.
Tracy Borman’s The Private Lives of the Tudors is out now