Episode 308 Pop Tudors Recap

Ask a Tudor, Get an Answer!

Thanks to everyone who submitted fan questions in our Ask A Tudor post.  Actor Mark Hildreth, AKA Reginald Pole, was nice enough to respond with this great video!  Here is what he had to say about working on The Tudors, drinking pints in Ireland, and Joss Stone!

For more about Mark, check out his youtube channel as well as his myspace page.

Feeling Ill? Just Ask Dr. Hank

This week Carlyn Beccia author of The Raucous Royals and the brains behind one of our favorite sites, The Raucous Royals: Gossip, Rumors, and Scandals of Royal Rulers has agreed to do a guest post here at Pop Tudors! You all might be familiar with her weekly Tudors recaps entitled Historical vs. Hollywood, if not you should definitely check them out.

Without Further adieu here is Carlyn’s take on Tudor era health care!


In Tudor times, doctors believed the body was made up of four fluids called humours. The four humours were blood (Sanguine), phlegm (Phlegmatic), yellow bile (Choleric) and black bile (Melancholic). Too much or too little of one humour would cause someone to become sick and in a “bad humour”. Henry’s doctor, John Chambers diagnosed Henry with a sanguine temperament, which meant that he was cheerful and overly fond of women, food and drink. (duh?)

To avoid the usual lustiness associated with a sanguine humor, Chambers bled Henry five times a year and advised him to stop stuffing his face with swan pudding. (Henry didn’t like to be told what to do.) When Henry became especially sluggish, his doctors would purge him with laxatives and administer enemas in the hopes of causing what they delightfully titled a “royal siege.” (Swan pudding can do that to a person.)

With all this purging, bleeding, and royal expelling, Henry eventually decided…to heck with these doctors! Instead, he began mixing his own potions and pills with the help of his Royal Apothecary. Naturally, Henry prided himself on being the closet pharmacist of his day and even traveled with his royal apothecary equipment. I have poured through Henry VIII’s State Papers and some of the listing in Dr. Butts diary to give you Henry’s personal medical quackery (in modernized English.) Just ask Dr. Hank…

Disclaimer: Pop Tudors and SNI takes no legal responsibility for any harm resulting from the following cures. Any law suits resulting from these cures are to be sent directly to the surviving heirs of Henry VIII.

Dear Dr. Hank,
Every month, my courses cause terrible cramps. My physician instructed me to drink ground steel with a little wine. What do you recommend?
-Mistress Menses


Dear Mistress Menses,
I will send you six cramp rings of gold without delay. Every Good Friday, I bless these rings and they are known to heal cramps, convulsions and epilepsy. I sent some to the Duchess of Suffolk last week and they healed her cramps. Godspeed. – Dr. Hank

Dear Dr. Hank,
I have a black humour in my leg that keeps filling with puss and pains me terribly. What do you recommend?
– Sir Pussalot


Dear Sir Pussalot,
I have the same swelling in my legs. I will send you some of ‘The King’s Majesties Own Plaster’ guaranteed to heal any ulcer and also comfort the member. It has my secret ingredients of marshmallows, lindseed, oxide of lead, silver, red coral, and dragon’s blood mixed in oil of roses, rose water and white wine. -Dr. Hank

Dear Dr. Hank,
I tried your plaster and it just made my ulcer (and my member) pain me more. Do you have another remedy?
-Sir Pussalot


Dear Sir Pussalot,
Grind pearl and lignum guaiacum into a fine powder and then mix with a little water. Rub it on the offending ulcer to let the bad humours escape or drink and enjoy. Guaiacum was recently discovered in the New World and is a proven cure for skin ulcers and morbus Gallicus*. My good brother, Francis I swears it cured the pain in his groin. The Emperor, Charles V used it to cure his gout.
-Dr. Hank

*Otherwise known as the Pox….otherwise known as syphilis…otherwise knows as that nasty itch in the nether regions.

Dear Dr. Hank,
My precious daughter has caught the Sweat. *I have wrapped her in warm blankets to prevent the bad airs from reaching her armpits and doused her room in vinegar, but I fear that she may fall asleep and never wake. **
– Sir Sweate

*The Sweating Sickness was a pestilential fever that may have been similar to hantavirus. The disease spread rapidly and could kill its victims in a matter of hours.
**It you were to visit a Tudor village during an outbreak of the Sweat, all you would smell was vinegar. Tudor people loved vinegar. It was believed to strengthen a person’s resistance and cleanse the air. I am pretty sure it does burn your nose hairs.


Dear Sir Sweate,
I will send you some pills of Rasis.* I sent some to my mistress Anne Boleyn when she caught the Sweat and she soon recovered. (Although now I wish the witch had dropped dead!) If that doesn’t work, mix together the white yolk from a philosopher’s egg, saffron, white mustard seed, dittony root, angelica, pimpernel, powdered unicorn’s horn mixed with white wine. * God willing, your daughter will recover.
-Dr. Hank

*pills of Rasis were named after Rhazis, an Arab doctor.
** Please readers…never pair red wine with powdered unicorn horn.

Tudors Finale Buzz

This season of The Tudors may be over but the buzz goes on!   This week is all about the new lady of the castle, leg sores, and historical accuracies and inaccuracies!  Hear what ye olde interwebs has to say about this season’s finale.

Photo Courtesy of Florian Schneider/Showtime.

The Lovely, Lovely, Lovely, Ladies of The Tudors.

The Lovely, Lovely, Lovely, Ladies of The Tudors.

Paul Levinson at Infinite Regress takes a deeper look into the language of Cromwell

The always-entertaining writers at BuzzFocus have provided yet another hilarious episode recap.  This week they discuss Mustache twirling villains and the art of nocturnal emissions.

Clique Clack TV debates the pros and cons of an 8 episode season vs. a longer season in their finale recap.

What did you think of the finale?  Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments!

Ask A Tudor!

THE TUDORS - Season 3

Hey everyone!  I have some very exciting news, actor Mark Hildreth who plays Cardinal Reginald Pole will be answering fans questions, so submit your burning queries in the comments.

Hildreth is a jack of many trades.  When is isn’t working on The Tudors, he is a touring musician and has been performing since he was 10.  He also has a great vlog where he talks about  music, acting, growing a beard and above all he talks about The Tudors.  Check it out: