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Posted on 04/07/2013 10:03:06 PM PDT by beaversmom
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Have you ever seen the one that Baldrick from Blackadder (Tony Robinson) does on the worst jobs in English history?:
The Worst Jobs in History - The Tudor Age - Part 1
‘The Tudors’: that Henry VIII was a real cut-up, huh?
I’m guessing by Catherine Howard he had pretty much decided he needed a nurse, not a wife.
I always enjoyed the radio play, “The Death of Mary Queen of Scots”.
“The Tudors: that Henry VIII was a real cut-up, huh?”
:) Yes, I think so. I either read or saw in a programme that he smelled very foul in his later years because of the infections in his legs.
In part II of the Worst Jobs in Tudor age it talks about the person that got to wipe his bottom—The Groom of the Stool.
The Worst Jobs in History - The Tudor Age - Part 2
I thought he injured his leg jousting, but my daughter thinks he was vain about his calves and the wound was a combination of gout and too-tight garters.
Recall More (?) flattering his “shapely calves”? I wonder if groom Culpepper was the weilder of the royal butt-swab. Seems only fair.
Yes, funny enough I just read about that two seconds ago trying to find more info. They aren’t exactly sure of the reason, but have several theories. Here’s what I found:
They said in the Tudor Jobs show that Groom of the Stool was a very coveted job, but one groom got caught up in the Anne Boleyn deal and it didn’t end up so well for him.
As I recall, welding buttocks was reserved for north country rebels, certainly not King Hank.
Thanks for the info. I’ll share it with the kiddo.
LOL. Yes, very horrible torture.
I’m an Anglophile too, as a little kid with the Beatles, the Prisoner, classic Dr Who and many trips to the UK. And now, my current love, Alan Rickman. I feel at home in London — having read this article, now I want to go back!!!
I own a sonic screwdriver.
Oh how wonderful that you have been many times.
I have never seen the Prisoner, but saw this several years ago. Have you ever heard of it or been?
Okay, had to look up sonic screwdriver. Never seen Doctor Who either. I’m starting to think I’m not a true Anglophile.
Total anglophilic geek here.
This gives me goosebumps hehehe. Plus I have the components to build one, just not the space.
I have. Its like being in a drug-induced hallucination, much like ‘The Prisoner’ and a lot of British TV shows from that era.
And Portmerion is in Wales so ‘technically’ its not really anglo....
Tommy Cooper is the all-time best Brit comedian. Check out his routines on the internet.
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