The Sweating Sickness in Tudor London (Edward VI, 1551) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1551, the boy-King, Edward VI wrote:

“At this time came the sweat into London, which was more vehement than the old sweat.  For if one took cold he died within 3 hours, and if he escaped it held him but 9 hours, or 10 at the most.  Also if he slept … , as he should be very desirous to do, then he raved, and should die raving”…

via The Sweating Sickness in Tudor London (Edward VI, 1551) | The Lost City of London

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2 thoughts on “The Sweating Sickness in Tudor London (Edward VI, 1551) | The Lost City of London

  1. I have heard Anthrax cited as the culprit for this sickness previously. When you think how much woolen clothing was worn at the time, it makes sense. No point trying to escape it, wearing the clothes that would cause it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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