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Horribly Historical: Six fun facts about the Terrible Tudors

Posted on 15 May 2018

This spring, Coventry families are in for a horrible half-term holiday as Birmingham Stage Company return with the latest in their hugely popular Horrible Histories series. In More Best of Barmy Britain, the award-winning company delve into gory stories from throughout the country’s colourful past, taking in rotten Romans, terrible Tudors, vile Victorians and the frightful First World War along the way.

With Tuesday 15 May marking International Day of Families, we’ve got some fascinating facts to share with you before the show invades the Belgrade Theatre stage 30 May – 2 June. As one of barmy Britain’s most famous families, the tyrannous Tudors seemed like the perfect place to start, so here are six entirely true facts about this revolting royal family and the terrible times they lived in:

  • Queen Elizabeth I passed a law telling people they had to wear woollen hats on a Sunday and created a new tax for all men with beards.
  • Queen Elizabeth I was also considered one of the cleanest women in the country and was proud of taking a bath once every 3 months!
  • While Henry Vlll’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, was being beheaded, Henry himself was busy playing tennis!
  • Henry is often seen as a jolly fat man with a lot of wife problems but he was actually a very ruthless king and had over 70 thousand people executed during his reign.
  • Men trying to cure their baldness in the 16th century were told to shave their heads and smear them with the grease of a fox or the juice made from crushed beetles!
  • Other Tudor remedies for sickness were to swallow powdered human skull or eat live spiders covered in butter, to help them slide down more easily!

Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain runs on the Belgrade Theatre Main Stage Wednesday 30 May – Saturday 2 June.