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12 August – Thomas Phaer and some interesting Tudor remedies!

On this day in Tudor history, 12th August 1560, Thomas Phaer (Fair), translator, lawyer, physician and paediatrician, made his will after suffering an accident.

Phaer has become known as the “Father of English Paediatrics” for his works, which include “The Book of Children”. In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History", gives a few more details about this man and shares some of his rather interesting remedies for caring for children.

You can read The Book of Children here:

Also on this day in history:

  • 1557 – Death of Sir John Pollard, judge, Speaker of the House of Commons (1553 and 1555) and Second Justice of Chester. He was buried in London.
  • 1570 – Death of Lady Ursula Stafford (née Pole), daughter of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, and wife of Henry Stafford, 10th Baron Stafford.
  • 1573 – Death of nobleman and rebel Leonard Dacre from a fever while in exile in Brussels. He was buried in St Nicolas Church in the city. Dacre is known for his participation in the 1569 Rising of the North, a rebellion seeking to remove Elizabeth I and to replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • 1577 – Death of Sir Thomas Smith, humanist scholar and diplomat, at Hill Hall in Essex. He was buried in St Michael's Church, Theydon Mount. Smith served Elizabeth I as Chancellor of the Order of the Garter and as Secretary of State, but is known for his political books “The Discourse of the Commonweal” and “De Republica Anglorum; the Manner of Government or Policie of the Realme of England”.
  • 1596 – Burial of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, in Westminster Abbey at the expense of his cousin Elizabeth I.

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  1. M

    This was very interesting. I’m going to check it out. Thanks.

  2. R

    Thanks for this very interesting video. Fascinating to find how children’s medicine began. I will look into it. Pomegranate and fennel apparently does increase milk production, one thickens and encourages lactose, fennel settles your stomach. I don’t think a goats foot would stop a child urinating.

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12 August – Thomas Phaer and some interesting Tudor remedies!