This month Seamus O’Caellaigh is off around the history world with a series of articles about King Henry VIII and his health problems. Starting today on the wonderful “On the Tudor Trail” website, Seamus will be making the following stops:
12th March: On The Tudor Trail
19th March: Tony Riches
26th March: The Anne Boleyn Files
2nd April: Queen Anne Boleyn
Henry VIII lived for 55 years and had many health issues, particularly towards the end of his reign.
In Pustules, Pestilence, and Pain, historian Seamus O’Caellaigh has delved deep into the documents of Henry’s reign to select some authentic treatments that Henry’s physicians compounded and prescribed to one suffering from those ailments.
Packed with glorious full-colour photos of the illnesses and treatments Henry VIII used, alongside primary source documents, this book is a treat for the eyes and is full of information for those with a love of all things Tudor. Each illness and accident has been given its own section in chronological order, including first-hand accounts, descriptions of the treatments and photographic recreations of the treatment and ingredients.