View Full Version : More, Bizarre Tudor Deaths (+ Giveaway!)

Grace Elliot
August 1st, 2011, 05:02 PM
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Midweek, I posted about the work of Dr Gunn, a historian from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oxford</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. Dr Gunn had the genius idea of reading Coroners’ Reports from the Tudor period, to find out about how people lived…and died…back then. His research revealed that some people met their ends in surprising and, often bizarre ways…
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It seems that even such benign objects of entertainment, such as maypoles, could kill. Thomas Alsopp of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Coventry</st1:City></st1:place>, was one such victim. On 26<SUP>th</SUP> April 1558 he was standing near a church wall, when the maypole fell over. It hit the wall, knocking a stone out which tumbled and hit Thomas’ head, fracturing his skull and killing him instantly. Who’d have thought?
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