The Tudor Society

24 May – A monstrous birth

On this day in Tudor history, 24th May 1562, according to contemporary sources, a "monstrous" child was born in Chichester, Sussex.

This deformed baby was not the only "monstrous" birth that year and these events were seen as signs from God.

Find out more about this birth and the others of 1562 in today's video.

Here is the link to the Broadside Ballad that I mention - and you can see more at

You can find out more about the 'monstrous' births of the period and how the Tudors viewed them in my Claire Chats talk - click here.

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24 May – A monstrous birth