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2 April – Edward VI catches smallpox and measles

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd April 1552, King Edward VI recorded in his diary "I fell sick of the measles and the smallpox".

What do we know about his illness and subsequent recovery? What was smallpox like and how was it treated? Did this bout of illness have any bearing on his future health?

Find out, in today's "on this day" video.

Book recommendations: "Edward VI" by Chris Skidmore; "Pustules, Pestilence and Pain: Tudor Treatments and Ailments of Henry VIII" by Seamus O'Caellaigh.

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