Lucky for him it could never be proved, since Queen Elizabeth threatened to have him rot in the tower if it had been true. Not all the vanity was due to her smallpox outbreak; however, that did lead to the focus on her facial and hair appearance. On October 10, 29-year-old Elizabeth I was taken ill. At first, it seemed like it was just a bad cold but her temperature soon increased and it was clear that it … After contracting the disease from the queen, Lady Mary was left so badly scarred that her husband wrote about how disfigured and ugly she was (charming!). However, the Virgin Queen was lucky not to be left too disfigured—she was able to cover most of the scars with makeup. Anne Boleyn became inoculated against the Sweat and associated viral diseases but her cells were also strengthen and passed on to her daughter. January 8, 2021 at 8:01 am. Unlike The Bubonic disease, this sickness had no nonhuman host. Mary, Queen of Scots, may have been the monarch who got her head chopped off, but she eventually proved triumphant in a roundabout way: After Elizabeth died … Mary Sidney was born on 27 October 1561 at Tickenhill Palace in the parish of Bewdley, Worcestershire. She was a loyal lady. The installation has been constructed directly opposite the Armada Portrait, probably the most famous painting depicting Elizabeth I. It is known however that she contracted smallpox in 1562 which left her face scarred. Elizabeth I - Elizabeth I - Accession: At the death of Mary on November 17, 1558, Elizabeth came to the throne amid bells, bonfires, patriotic demonstrations, and other signs of public jubilation. She took to wearing white lead makeup to cover the scars. extraction, there would not have been many visible. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of their coronation, Buckingham Palace, 1953. very interesting never knew queen Elizabeth had small pox. Elizabeth was a survivor - FACT. The cellars of this house are to be found under the 17th century house now called Kew Palace in Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. On this day Queen Elizabeth's forces are defeated by the Irh at the Yellow Ford on the Black Water river. It causes a rash to appear along the skin and can lead to the hair falling out. While she recovered, there were reminders of the illness that she suffered. The new film Mary, Queen of Scots, in theaters today, is not really about Elizabeth I, Queen of England (Margot Robbie). It is a virus that didn’t have a cure for back in the 16th century. Yes, it’s such a sad story. Elizabeth 1 wore her coronation ring on her wedding finger as a sign of her symbolic marriage to her country and subjects. There were some scars left over and she did lose some of her hair. On 10th October 1562, twenty-nine year-old Queen Elizabeth I was taken ill at Hampton Court Palace, with what was thought to be a bad cold. M cells I believe the documentary called them, but don’t quote me. Image: Elizabeth I at prayer, from the frontispiece of her personal prayer book, 1569, shared on www.marileecody.com. However, Elizabeth actually had smallpox. There is just so much that is often pushed under the rug, so to speak. Queen Elizabeth has been a long-time advocate for vaccinations. This is what happened to Queen Elizabeth. Her entry into London and the great coronation procession that followed were masterpieces of political courtship. Elizabeth was very modern for her time and focused on fashion, very much like her mother, Anne Boleyn. (Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, also promoted vaccinations after losing two sons to smallpox. I enjoyed reading this. Poor Lady Mary Sidney, caring for Elizabeth while she was sick herself. Elizabeth I - the greatest queen, the best book subject. Isn’t it true that Queen Elizabeth thereafter would always break court protocol & go, herself, to see Lady Mary, rather than ordering Lady Mary to come to see her? Mary Sydney took a great risk but one that was loving and from duty. In other words, the artists made some subtle (and in Elizabeth’s case, not so subtle) changes to make everyone look perfect. On October 10, 29-year-old Elizabeth I was taken ill. At first, it seemed like it was just a bad cold but her temperature soon increased and it was clear that it was the more serious illness called smallpox. Queen Elizabeth survived smallpox as a young woman, though none of the portraits of her show the scars she probably had from the disease. According to the Guardian, British artist Mat Collishaw has created an art installation that projects an alternative representation of Elizabeth in her later reign. However, you would never be able to tell that from the paintings! She carried the scars the rest of her life. Historical sources had no reason to hide interesting or remarkable information about courtiers, racism not being as developed then as it is now, as there were few people of obviously non European extraction spread throughout the nations of Britain. Poor Mary Sydney, what devotion. I saw in a program quite some time ago that Elizabeth I doctor had her wrapped up in lots of red linen as he believed that this would draw the heat and fever out and cure her. William Cecil now focused his attention on the awkward problem of her marriage and the succession. We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. It could be seen as quite surprising that Elizabeth would put so much trust in him knowing this but he also had England’s—well, the Protestant’s—best interests at heart. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our privacy page. She was the daughter of Henry the VIII and Anne Boleyn. In a time where sunscreen was unheard of, skin problems and pox was a common thing smooth, unblemished skin was a rarity. Elizabeth had a dubious pedigree, because legally she was illegitimate. Would you like to post a comment now? Her nursemaid, Lady Mary Sidney, wasn’t so lucky. Her half-brother, Edward VI, contracted the disease sometime in 1552. Catherine Grey, her cousin married without her permission and was imprisoned with her husband Edward Seymour. Smallpox. Thank you so much to Kyra Kramer, author of Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII, for writing this guest article to celebrate the anniversary of Henry VIII’s birth, which happened on 28th June 1491.I’m sure Henry would appreciate her words. | Health Research Policy Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are in lockdown at Sandringham and will remain there for the duration of the pandemic. By the time Elizabeth I became queen in 1558 she had taken to wearing her infamous dramatic makeup to disguise the scarring. Later in the year, following Elizabeth's illness with smallpox, the succession question became a heated issue in Parliament. It was during this time that Robert was clearly supportive of Mary Stuart’s claim to the English throne and supported the Protestant lords in Scotland. Luckily for Elizabeth, she managed to fight the infection and went onto reign for another 41 years without any other serious illnesses. She did recover but did the thinking have some reason or was it luck? That you for that rid-bit. I can always check. Did this experience make Elizabeth thing again about not having an heir? Learn how your comment data is processed. Smallpox infected several relatives of King Henry VIII, leaving visible scarring, including his sister Margaret, Queen of Scotland, his fourth wife Anne of Cleves and his two daughters Mary I and Elizabeth I. He wanted to marry her for love. It scarred her for life, unfortunately, but she lived on, under a mask of white paste and a red wig. The death of the queen without a settled succession would imperil everything for which he had worked. Her mother was beheaded two and a half years after her birth and she was declared illegitimate and deprived of the title of princess. No, I don’t believe so, she would have been seen as doing her duty to her queen. https://www.tudorsociety.com/10-october-1562-elizabeth-i-catches-smallpox/, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Here's where you can learn more about her. Mary Sidney wurde durch das Pflegen von Elizabeth erst krank. However, some diseases simply died out and the immune system theory is part of the reason. Elizabeth had good strong genes and was able to survive. Her mother lived through the Sweat as did other Boleyn and Howard relatives. That makes so much total sense… hummm wow, just to think it was just the way your DNA succumbed or not…. Furthermore, Othello wasn’t a black English man, he was a North African Moor and the story was set in Venice. I hope I can dig some more out in my research to share. Here's where you ca... Haddon Hall: An Elizabethan Love Story That Shocked Society. Poor Mary Sidney, caring for Elizabeth, terribly marked, her beauty gone. She is portrayed as a beautiful, intelligent and strong woman every single time. Part of the problem was that many saw Catherine as the heir to the throne, she was also the sister of the unfortunate but condemned traitor, Lady Jane Dudley and she was more Royal than Elizabeth, according to several supporters. This is fascinating. ... but because there had been an outbreak of mumps and chicken pox among the cadets it … Thank you. Queen’s House in Greenwich, London, England. Henry VIII never wanted that to happen either, but Frances Grey had already pushed her chances by working with John Dudley to place her daughter on the throne. I was under the impression that she lost her hair & never grew back. The great irony is that Elizabeth I proved to be one of England’s best monarchs. There was a political fallout soon after this illness. That was compromised when Elizabeth was but 29 and contracted smallpox, a disease that created fever and pustules. The dental care was minimalistic at the time and Elizabeth had some teeth removed. Thank you! By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Henry’s marriage to her mother, Anne Boleyn, was doubtful according to her enemies and Catherine Grey was considered legitimate. Over to Kyra… Today is Henry VIII’s 523 birthday! Jane Dunn in 'Elizabeth & Mary’ says that at the beginning of 1554 Elizabeth was weakened and her face and body swollen, probably due to kidney inflammation, but that Queen Mary’s two doctors confirmed that the condition was not life-threatening and she was fit to travel. Did Mary Sydney ever have a special acknowledgement? Elizabeth was no exception. Still, numerous individuals reported on her personal attractiveness. Elizabeth used dirty tactics to outshine her rivals. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here. Smallpox Vaccine Scars: Why Do They Happen? This was minimal in her younger years but very thick after her smallpox. Wish we had known the history when visiting Kew Gardens A year ago! Elizabeth may have died from blood poisoning caused by the toxins in the heavy makeup she wore. ... Smallpox hit everyone from Queen Elizabeth … In 1562, the best person eligible for the throne was Mary, Queen of Scots, but Elizabeth didn’t want her cousin to become queen. Elizabeth feared that England would become the Catholic state that her half-sister, Mary I, had created. She was buried at the nearby village of Hampton and her ornate tomb with rhyming epitaph survives. Her teeth did rot as she aged, despite trying to care for them. Anna Whitelock looks beyond Elizabeth I's carefully crafted image as an all-conquering Tudor beauty and finds a balding, frail woman, scarred by pox, crippled by headaches and plagued by bouts of depression June 1, 2013 at 10:15 am Elizabeth exalted in being the queen bee at court. She was also Queen of England and had to look the part. There is a new theory in epidemiology today that we lived through the plague and other killer diseases or rather our ancestors did and our genetic immunity built up over the generations and the gene to beat serious disease came with it. Courtiers often came to court through high birth, rank or service to the monarch. Ordered by doctors to remain in her bed at Hampton Court Palace, it was soon clear that her illness was more than just a fever — she had the dreaded smallpox. That is possibly something that led to his death in 1553, when he likely died of TB. She encouraged the people at court to dress well and loved her jewels, clothes and boots. Our ancestors who survived serious disease could pass on a strengthened immune system allowing later generations to defeat these killers. That is unlikely. I am interested in Queen Elizabeth as I have just finished reading The Royal Diaries series by Kathryn Lasky if anyone is interested. Ordered by doctors to remain in her bed at Hampton Court Palace, it … As Lucy Davies notes for the Telegraph, this queen bears all the hallmarks of her age: sunken eyes, wrinkles, smallpox-scarred skin and even wispy chin … URL for this post : https://www.tudorsociety.com/10-october-1562-elizabeth-i-catches-smallpox/. The theory is a combination of both markers that built up her parents immunity were passed on, her own immune system became strong and she could fight this off. Only logged-in users are allowed to comment. Elizabeth survived a bout of smallpox, which killed many in England at the time. Very interesting. What a loyal servant though. Her father recovered from a mild version of smallpox but wasn’t marked. Did Robert use this time to try and marry the Queen of England? There is certainly no doubt that he wanted to marry the queen though. Elizabeth saw her every day while she was there. In 1562 Queen Elizabeth nearly died of smallpox. The first wave of smallpox in 1520 killed 56 million people. Brilliant. ... and George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte, helped to popularise smallpox vaccination by publicising their own family’s experiences. I expect it thinned as she grew older, like many women’s, but she was recorded as having her “hair about her face” when Essex strode into her chambers uninvited and before she was properly dressed and ready in late 1599. She was one of the seven children – three sons and four daughters – of Sir Henry Sidney and wife Mary Dudley.Their eldest son was Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586), and their second son Robert Sidney (1563–1626), who later became Earl of Leicester. Actually, Elizabeth went to visit Mary Sydney At Hampton Court when she stayed there after the smallpox ordeal. In later life, she suffered the loss of her hair and her teeth, and in the last few years of her life, she refused to have a mirror in any of her rooms. Tick the "Email" box to give us permission to email you. That is unlikely as she never named an heir until her eventual death in 1603. From October 10, 1562, Elizabeth I didn’t have the flawless skin that portraits show. Very little is actually written about Elizabeth’s time of suffering with smallpox. The blisters would break and, if the victim was lucky enough to survive, often left significant scar tissue. | Health Research Policy. The Tudors have always been a fascination of mine. It was thought that the queen would die, so there was panic over the succession, and it was at this point that Elizabeth chose Robert Dudley as “protector of the kingdom”. It's really neat to see that there is. Mary Sidney retired to live at London Stile her home in modern day Chiswick, close to Kew Bridge. The appearance of Elizabeth I did change after her bout of smallpox. However, the cold developed into a violent fever, and it became clear that the young queen actually had smallpox. Henry was of strong disposition as he overcame malaria, small pox, some weird kind of Tudor flu and tertiary fever, all killers. Mar 24, 1603. Thankyou. They included his sister Margaret, Queen of Scotland, his fourth wife Anne of Cleves, and his two daughters Mary I and Elizabeth I. I heard years ago that her doctor wrapped her in red cloth for days and this had some role in her healing. Really!! The truth is that many portraits of monarchs and the people who surrounded them were “Photoshopped”. One Response to “Did Queen Elizabeth I have smallpox?” Leah August 21, 2012 at 1:15 am # Yes, In 1562 Queen Elizabeth I of England nearly died of smallpox and had scars for the rest of her life which were covered with a thick white paste that was the makeup of the time. The disease infected several relatives of King Henry VII, leaving visible scars. I had wondered if there was a more practical purpose to her iconic makeup. Pingback: Register for free. I’ve never heard of her losing her hair. Thank you! ", It was while Elizabeth was recovering from the illness that she ordered her council to make Robert Dudley protector of the kingdom, and she made it clear that "as God was her witness nothing improper had ever passed between them.". When the heiress of Haddon Hall eloped with her lover, Elizabethan society he... Elizabeth I - the greatest queen, the best book subject. When the heiress of Haddon Hall eloped with her lover, Elizabethan society held its collective breath. I am fascinated about the history of smallpox and when you think that we only found the vacation by accident, the cow dairy maids recovered from smallpox, so we made the vaccine from their blood. The queen’s makeup consisted of vinegar and white lead for her face (it’s worth pointing out now that her cause of death was blood poisoning, partially due to the lead in her makeup). When Queen Elizabeth I was 29, in 1562, she was struck down with what was believed to be a violent fever. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. She used rouge on her lips and then egg white with red dye for her cheeks. It probably wasn’t just for the fact that he would be King of England—after all, he didn’t want to marry Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, despite knowing that he may one day become king. The epidemic reached England in 1602 when The English fleet captured Portigules treasure ship. When Queen Elizabeth I was 29, in 1562, she was struck down with what was believed to be a violent fever. On 10th October 1562, twenty-nine year-old Queen Elizabeth I was taken ill at Hampton Court Palace, with what was thought to be a bad cold. I only wonder because I have been watching the 2018 Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth the first… the newest movie.. and I see differences in both ladies courts than history has relayed…, It would make total sense with the moors going into Spain in 700AD and also the Ancient Romans had many African Roman soldiers… that most likely were in Britannia when the Romans first went there with Caesar and again under Nero…. Members can find out more about Elizabeth I's experience, other important people who caught it, and about the illness itself in my Claire Chats video talk. He did love Elizabeth but he knew deep down that she was independent, strong and would never marry. Understandably, she was just 29-years-old and wouldn’t have expected to start losing her hair at this age. 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