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British royals 'used to be cannibals dining on human flesh'
Metro.co.uk ^ | May 20, 2011 | Metro.co.uk

Posted on 05/21/2011 7:50:51 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

But now a new reason has emerged why the royals might be a particularly interesting subject, with the revelation that they used to dine on human flesh.

Kate and Wills will hopefully not follow the cannibal traditions of their ancestors (PA)

According to a new book on medicinal cannibalism, written by University of Durham academic Dr Richard Sugg, well-off and well-educated Brits used to eat human flesh, blood and bones as medicine.

This practice apparently took place in other parts of Europe as well up until the end of the 18th century.

While referring to the barbarity of cannibals in the New World, royals hypocritically applied, drank or wore powdered Egyptian mummy, as well as human fat, flesh, bone and even brains.

Dr Sugg suggests one cure for nosebleeds used by the upper class was moss taken from the skulls of dead soldiers.

The academic, from the university's English Studies department, argues strongly that the Europeans were the real cannibals of the world.

'One thing we are rarely taught at school, yet is evidenced in literary and historic texts of the time, is this: James I refused corpse medicine; Charles II made his own corpse medicine; and Charles I was made into corpse medicine,' he said.

Charles II wasn't the only royal to enjoy a feast of human flesh either; Queen Mary and William III were said to be in on the act too.

Dr Sugg's book, Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires, will be published on June 29th and will be featured in an upcoming Channel 4 documentary with Tony Robinson.

Recently, a would-be cannibal in Kysak, Slovakia, was shot dead by police after his potential meal informed the authorities of his plans.


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine; History; Society
KEYWORDS: british; cannibalism; cannibals; charlesii; drrichardsugg; europeans; greatbritain; napl; queenmary; royals; uk; unitedkingdom; universityofdurham; williamiii

1 posted on 05/21/2011 7:50:56 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: al baby; Allegra; BufordP; EveningStar; JRios1968; martin_fierro; pax_et_bonum; ...

I’m having an old friend for dinner tonight...


2 posted on 05/21/2011 7:54:17 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I hate politically correct sorosmonkey superheroes!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I read it on the internet. Must be true.


3 posted on 05/21/2011 7:56:24 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

There is a reason why yje British Isles weren’t that populated, when compared to the rest of the world.


4 posted on 05/21/2011 8:00:10 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Some of them are still bloodsuckers:


5 posted on 05/21/2011 8:03:25 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Liver let die


6 posted on 05/21/2011 8:03:32 PM PDT by bigheadfred (We will never surrender)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So when Shakespeare was referring to a pound of flesh...he wasn’t just jiving.


7 posted on 05/21/2011 8:04:57 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month...April.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

and i don’t know for sure about eating people but if it smells good eat it and i only bite people i like


8 posted on 05/21/2011 8:05:18 PM PDT by bigheadfred (We will never surrender)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Burp!


9 posted on 05/21/2011 8:07:00 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How about that.. I didn’t know the Royals had stopped eating human flesh..


10 posted on 05/21/2011 8:09:46 PM PDT by ArtDodger (Reread Animal Farm (with your kids))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m too sick to post


11 posted on 05/21/2011 8:21:52 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

English Lit degree


12 posted on 05/21/2011 8:23:02 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Oh great! Don't give Obama anymore ideas.... After all....
He thinks he's royalty.... and then there's the past relatives....
13 posted on 05/21/2011 8:23:34 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Tastes Like Chicken.


14 posted on 05/21/2011 8:31:00 PM PDT by Pelham (Islam, mortal enemy of the free world)
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To: baddog 219

Odumbo doesn;t think he’s royalty..think god-like.


15 posted on 05/21/2011 9:05:34 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

But court jesters were safe. You know why.


16 posted on 05/21/2011 9:27:13 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Hmmm...wasn't Charles in the Royal Navy?


17 posted on 05/21/2011 11:29:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
So anyway, Jeffrey Dahmer's parents were over for dinner.

"Jeffrey, I don't like your friends," Dahmer's mother said.

"Well then, just eat the vegetbles," Jeffrey replied.

18 posted on 05/21/2011 11:34:07 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ha! You sucked me into watching Python! I love them!

“I’d rather eat Johnson”?

There you go again. ;o)

Charles...he’s living on his own planet...in his head.


19 posted on 05/22/2011 12:28:56 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: dixiechick2000

We all live in our own heads, but most of us go out once in a while.


20 posted on 05/22/2011 12:34:48 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

You’re a guy, so I guess you do. Hopefully, you will go out more often.


21 posted on 05/22/2011 12:39:36 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’ve known that people in general ate mummies. Did not know that it was restricted to royals, which this article implies.


22 posted on 05/22/2011 4:06:54 AM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks for the Python skits.

Hubby and I will have to dig out our Python DVDs and give them another look-see.


23 posted on 05/22/2011 7:07:20 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Slings and Arrows
Who knew the Royals were cutting-edge zombies?


24 posted on 05/22/2011 7:36:09 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: Daffynition

Er wot? With a gamy leg???


25 posted on 05/22/2011 8:18:16 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 850 of our national holiday from reality. - OBL Dead? The TSA can go away!)
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To: TheOldLady

De nada.


26 posted on 05/22/2011 9:27:15 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Look into the past of any culture and you'll find cannibalism. The Japanese practiced it up to the end of WWII.
27 posted on 05/22/2011 10:16:12 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
British royals 'used to be cannibals dining on human flesh'

I find the wording of the headline utterly redundant.

Whoever wrote the headline should be sacked.

28 posted on 05/22/2011 10:21:09 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

A Møøse once bit my sister ...


29 posted on 05/22/2011 12:53:21 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; potlatch; SandRat; LUV W; Lucky9teen; Allegra; andy58-in-nh; ...


Aha! More proof I'm related to Queen Mary!






30 posted on 05/22/2011 4:18:37 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: Texas Eagle
Dear Sir, I am glad to hear that your studio audience disapproves of the last skit as strongly as I. As a naval officer I abhor the implication that the Royal Navy is a haven for cannibalism. It is well known that we now have the problem relatively under control, and that it is the RAF who now suffer the largest casualties in this area. And what do you think the Argylls ate in Aden. Arabs? Yours etc. Captain B.J. Smethwick in a white wine sauce with shallots, mushrooms and garlic.
31 posted on 05/22/2011 4:22:07 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Doctor Lecter, is that you?


32 posted on 05/22/2011 4:24:24 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Allegra

LOL!


33 posted on 05/22/2011 4:25:23 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Lady Jag

You are a Lady..just sayin’. :)


34 posted on 05/22/2011 4:26:56 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Lady Jag
Have the recipes been handed down?


35 posted on 05/22/2011 4:52:48 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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Lady fingers on the menu tonight?


36 posted on 05/22/2011 6:03:23 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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What are you talking about? The British Isles is one of the more densely populated parts of the world.

Oh do you mean pre-industrial revolution? That's just the weather.

37 posted on 05/24/2011 12:39:11 AM PDT by Vanders9
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I’ve known that people in general ate mummies. Did not know that it was restricted to royals, which this article implies.

It wasn't restricted to Royals, as you can clearly see if you read the article closely. However, by associating it with Royals, and carefully finessing the facts, it creates a greater "shock horror" effect in the headline, (and also instills the idea that the current Royal family is descended from cannibals, and that westerners are less civilised than the poor hapless and noble natives). Rubbish propoganda basically.

If you think about it, its rather logical (from a pre-scientific understanding). The general consensus in medieval and rennaissance times was that the ancients knew more than they did. Mummies preserve bodies, therefore ingesting a bit of one might help to preserve you. QED.

38 posted on 05/24/2011 12:55:25 AM PDT by Vanders9
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