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Tudor Minute April 5: Richard Roose was boiled alive

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for April 5.

Today Richard Roose was boiled alive. Sounds unpleasant, but it was his punishment for supposedly trying to poison Bishop Fisher, one of the most outspoken critics of Henry’s relationship with Anne Boleyn.  Fisher survived, but some of his guests, and some who asked for alms and received the soup, died. Anne Boleyn’s family were the obvious suspects, but there’s no evidence linking them to Roose, and Henry didn’t believe it.

Roose had claimed that he did it as joke, and he didn’t mean for anyone to get hurt, but two people died, and he was attainted for high treason. He was killed without being able to confess his sins, and was boiled alive.

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com.


Watching the Tudors Season 2 Episode 1 includes a discussion of Roose