A new year blog

A new year blog

To celebrate the start of 2022, there are 22 facts you might not know about the Tudors!

  1. The Tudors had glasses which were used for reading
  2. The official penalty for fighting at the royal court was the loss of a hand
  3. Elizabeth I’s godson invented the first flush toilet and she was one of the first people to own one 
  4. There had been a Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London since the medieval period
  5. Elizabeth I encouraged her sailors to plunder Spanish ships and steal their treasure
  6. Henry VIII once planned to marry two of his children to one another
  7. Only the royal family were allowed to wear the colour purple
  8. Henry VIII had the first ever stair lift
  9. Elizabeth I survived multiple assassinations attempts
  10. Rheumatism was treated by the patient being made to wear the skin of a donkey
  11. At one point, the punishment for poisoners was to be boiled alive
  12. The Tudor period lasted for over 117 years
  13. It was fashionable to have black teeth as it showed you were wealthy enough to afford sugar
  14. It was during Mary I’s reign that England lost its last territory in France – Calais
  15. Courtiers at the royal court consumed about 5000 calories a day
  16. Tudors used to sleep sitting upright in their beds
  17. Some Tudors only washed properly once a year
  18. Despite popular opinion, table manners were very strict in the Tudor times
  19. England became wealthier with the Tudor monarchs
  20. A law was passed in 1512 which banned ordinary people from many games, including tennis, dice, cards, bowls and skittles
  21. Only wealthy Tudors were allowed to hunt deer. Yeomen farmers could hunt foxes but poor Tudors could only hunt hares and rabbits
  22. The Tudors celebrated Christmas with lots of traditions including a Father Christmas figure and lots of food