Unhealthy Histories: Syphilis at the Court of Charles II

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This event has finished Took place on: Monday, 18th Jun 2012

There were two sides to life at the court of Charles II, the glamorous elegance of fashionable court life, alongside the debauched reality of 17th-century behaviour. Throughout these hedonistic times, syphilis was widespread, and its effects devastating. Many who pursued the libertarian lifestyle a little too enthusiastically succumbed to the disease, their reputations destroyed.

Join Julia Hyland as she discusses this disease, its place in 17th-century history, its treatment and the stigma associated with it. Julia will bring the history of this disease to life through medical effects make-up. This visual presentation includes some audience participation and will reveal how applying medical effects make up to a healthy individual can help them empathise physically and emotionally with the diseases of the past and stimulate debate into medical history and treatments.

Pepys wrote in his diary in March 1664 that his brother fell ill of the pox, and lamented that ‘if he lives, he will not be able to show his head — which will be a very great shame to me.’

This event includes a drinks reception.

Cost: £12

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Hampton Court Palace,
East Molesey,
Kingston Upon Thames, SurreyKT8 9AU


Categories: Historical | Medical

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