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Elizabeth I is released from the Tower, First Vaccination Documented

Tea Time History Chat 15th May 2024

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In 1554, Elizabeth (future Elizabeth I) was released from the Tower of London to house arrest at Woodstock. She had been held for weeks despite no evidence to implicate her in the recent Wyatt Rebellion to overthrow her half-sister Mary and put her on the throne. The date chosen was probably deliberate and could have been meant to send a message to Elizabeth that she was still alive only by the mercy of her sister, it was 19th May, the 18th anniversary of her mother's execution at the Tower. The next anniversary to fall in this week is that of the first documented smallpox vaccination by Dr Edward Jenner. A discovery that would have greatly benefitted Elizabeth who almost died from the disease in 1562. Jenner has come under criticism for testing his new technique on an 8 year old boy. However, I have covered the context in which he decided to do that and why it is not as bad as it seems.

Videos mentioned:

History After Dark about Edward Jenner -

Interview with Dr Estelle Paranque -

Interview with Dr Joanne Paul -

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About Philippa Philippa is a Historian and History Event Organiser Philippa Lacey Brewell lives in Central England and is well respected in her field as a historian and tour guide. She is the owner and founder of British History Tours, a tour company for those who love British History. Philippa entertains thousands each week with her videos and stories from across the UK and British History. This ability to engage an audience, as well as being an expert in traveling the historical sites of the UK, makes her your perfect guide.

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