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Q: "The Sweat" in Tudor England ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: "The Sweat" in Tudor England
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: ltmickey-ga
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Posted: 30 May 2006 10:44 PDT
Expires: 29 Jun 2006 10:44 PDT
Question ID: 733699
I've been reading books about Tudor England, and they mention
a disease that was known simply as "the sweat."  Apparently this was
the second-most feared disease in Tudor times, after the black plague.
My question is, what was this disease?  Is it something that still
exists and that we now know by some other (modern) name?

Here's what I know about the disease:

--It was highly contagious.
--It came on very suddenly and killed very quickly.  It was said that
an infected person could be "dancing at nine o'clock and dead by
--It was, as the name suggets, characterized by a high fever and sweating.
--It wasn't the plague, and it wasn't smallpox.

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 30 May 2006 11:28 PDT
Dear ltmickey,

Since there is no definitive answer to the present day, and experts
are still arguing about the nature of "The Swear" or "The Sweating
Sickness", this is not an answer you'd have to pay for; it's just a
free comment.

But I thought you might find this interesting:

Alan Dyer wrote in 1997 an essay about the possible viral sources of
the  "Sweating Sickness":

You can read his full, extensive essay on this theory here:

You can also download a PDF file of the entire text:

And in 2001, Eric Bridson wrote an essay "The English 'sweate' (Sudor
Anglicus) and Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome" examining the probable
origins of the sickness:

Should these recent theories be useful for you, you can let me know
and I will make this an answer.

Best regards,

Clarification of Question by ltmickey-ga on 30 May 2006 13:25 PDT

With no definitive answer out there, these theories certainly suffice
as an answer.  Thanks!

Subject: Re: "The Sweat" in Tudor England
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 30 May 2006 13:33 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you very much! It was my pleasure to help you.

Best regards,
ltmickey-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

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