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The Illnesses and Death of King Edward VI

The illnesses and death of Edward VI compiled by Susan Abernethy

The Freelance History Writer


“I am faint; Lord have mercy upon me, and take my spirit.”

The Tudor dynasty of English kings began in 1485. The first Tudor king, Henry VII for many years lived in obscurity and exile in Brittany and France with little prospect of ever becoming a king. But in 1485, with backing from other European rulers and disaffected Yorkist adherents, Henry went to England with a small army and managed to defeat the superior forces of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. After an uneasy reign spent quelling rebellions from time to time, Henry VII died in 1509 leaving his seventeen year old son Henry VIII as his heir. The new king was consumed with begetting a son to continue the dynasty leading to his many marriages and religious and political turmoil.

In 1537, Henry’s third wife Jane Seymour at last gave birth to the coveted male heir…

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I love these medieval riddles

Darius Stransky

In my historical thirteenth century novel “The King’s Jew” Crispin Bowman sets a riddle which goes a follows –

“What walks all day on its head?”

I am NOT going to give the answer here (and if you know it then please do not post it otherwise the characters in my book may find out!!!)

Link to book

During the Middle Ages—the years from 500 to 1500 A.D.—riddles were elevated to the level of art and prized as sources of entertainment and education. Unlike today’s easy word puzzles, medieval riddles relied heavily on metaphor and demanded ingenuity to solve.

I’ll start you off with an easy one –

1 – I share a common fate with the sea, spinning the months around in alternate cycles. When the glory of my light-flowing form wanes so, too, the sea loses its swollen flood tides.

Answer = Moon

Wandering performers pitted their…

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