A to Z of The Tudors

Breviary-of-Renaud-de-Bar-headless-peopleApothecary: a box of leeches


Beheading: not talking roses here!


Castration: detachment of a useful appendage


Diplomacy: war postponement


Execution: dying in public


Foreigners: the enemy



Government: jobs for the boys


Hunting: killing anything that moves


Indictment: a fantasy story


Jousting: a horse ride with poles


Kent: where rich people live


Lancaster: where poor people live


Mary Rose: ship disguised as lump of wet wood


Nosegay: stops you smelling like a skunk


Odour: failure to use a nosegay


Privy: an unhygienic hole



Quill: bird assisted writing


Rack: stretchy implement


Spanish: spoilsports


Tennis: a game with walls


Unilateral: King right, you wrong


Venereal Disease: a common ailment



War: failure in diplomacy


Xenophobic: everyone outside England


Yeoman: servant in strange hat


Zips: something to look forward to



Edward “Eddie” Boverington is a freelance moustachioculturalist and professional cobbler, a student of history, and in his spare time composes medieval inspired poems and lute ballads in the 16th century style. He grew up in Clapham in the 1950s, where he still lives above his family’s shoe repair shop. Some of his moustache designs have won awards in prestigious international competitions, such as Le Concourse de Bacchantes et Moustaches de Francais. He can also polish, recondition and resole even the finest boots overnite for only £25.