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Talks and Lectures


A wide range of podcasts from talks and lectures held at Historic Royal Palaces

Jun 29, 2012

SYPHILIS AT THE COURT OF CHARLES II

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.