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The Tudor Society

Touching for the King’s Evil

In this week's Claire Chats video talk, I look at the practice of touching for the king's evil, including how and when it started, what it involved and when it stopped. It's a fascinating subject and I enjoyed researching it.

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  1. R /

    I was wondering if this was contagious or infectious and if the Monarch took any precautions against it as many skin diseases are passed by touch as are types of TB.

    I have seen a picture of Mary I carrying out and there is also a picture of Charles II doing this touching and these are of course famous. 90,000!!! from Charles ii, wow!!!!

    1. < / Post Author

      I think it was spread through the air so I think touch was ok but I do wonder if the monarch held a pomander or something to their face. I don’t know!

      1. R /

        Thanks. A pomander would certainly make the air smell nice.

        1. < / Post Author

          And it would make the person holding it to their nose and mouth feel protected.

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Touching for the King’s Evil