Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What was the 'sweating sickness' in 'Wolf Hall'? - Features - Health & Families - The Independent

In the first episode of the BBC's adaptation of Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell returned home to find his wife and two daughters had all died during the night, victims of a pestilence – the "sweating sickness" – that was scything through the Tudor world.

The speed of onset of this disease and its relentlessly high mortality rate gave the sweating sickness the same aura of terror that we attach to Ebola today. Contemporary accounts describe an illness that began with a general feeling that something was not right, a strange premonition of oncoming horror, followed by the onset of violent headaches, flu-like shivers and aching limbs.


We watched this last night. Pretty good show but most alarming disease.

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"We watched this last night. Pretty good show ...": it gets better and better. The books are very fine: worth reading and rereading. She's an odd fish, Ms Mantel, but she really can write.

Posted by: dearieme | Apr 29, 2015 12:56:19 PM