[Sca-cooks] BBC: Strange Tudor Deaths

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Wed Jun 15 22:24:13 PDT 2011

<<< BBC has an amusing, if somewhat grim, report about research by  
Dr. Steven Gunn on unusual ways people met their ends in Tudor England.
Imagine being killed by a falling maypole? Or how about the archer who
shot himself in the head with his own arrow? Here's the link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13762313 .

Lord Mungo Napier, That Crazy Scot >>>

Some interesting examples of how to die in Tudor England. Of course, I  
think you could probably pick through a modern series of coroner's  
reports and find similar unusual deaths, now or several centuries from  

One however, mentions something we talked about here before, what to  
put under bread when you are placing it in an oven to protect it from  
any ashes still on the floor of the oven.

<<< 5. Imagine an episode of Casualty. How could baking a loaf lead to  
a fatal accident? There's not even a gas oven or an electric gadget to  
worry about, because neither had been invented.
Elizabeth Bennet, spinster, was baking bread at the house of Matilda  
Nanfan, widow, at Birtsmorton, Worcestershire, on 29 January 1558. She  
went to the moat to collect cabbage leaves to put under the loaves she  
was baking. The fence broke and she fell into the moat and drowned.  
End of.>>>


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