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British royalty dined on human flesh (but don't worry it was 300 years ago)
By FIONA MACRAE Last updated at 12:58 AM on 21st May 2011

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They have long been famed for their love of lavish banquets and rich recipes. But what is less well known is that the British royals also had a taste for human flesh. A new book on medicinal cannibalism has revealed that possibly as recently as the end of the 18th century British royalty swallowed parts of the human body. The author adds that this was not a practice reserved for monarchs but was widespread among the well-to-do in Europe.

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Medicinal cannibalism: Both Queen Mary II and her uncle King Charles II both took distilled human skull on their deathbeds in 1698 and 1685 respectively, according to Dr Sugg

Even as they denounced the barbaric cannibals of the New World, they applied, drank, or wore powdered Egyptian mummy, human fat, flesh, bone, blood, brains and skin. Moss taken from the skulls of dead soldiers was even used as a cure for nosebleeds, according to Dr Richard Sugg at Durham University. Dr Sugg said: 'The human body has been widely used as a therapeutic agent with the most popular treatments involving flesh, bone or blood.

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'Cannibalism was found not only in the New World, as often believed, but also in Europe. 'One thing we are rarely taught at school yet is evidenced in literary and historic texts of the time is this: James I refused corpse medicine; Charles II made his own corpse medicine; and Charles I was made into corpse medicine. 'Along with Charles II, eminent users or prescribers included Francis I, Elizabeth I's surgeon John Banister, Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent, Robert Boyle, Thomas Willis, William III, and Queen Mary.'

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The history of medicinal cannibalism, Dr Sugg argues, raised a number of important social questions. He said: 'Medicinal cannibalism used the formidable weight of European science, publishing, trade networks and educated theory. 'Whilst corpse medicine has sometimes been presented as a medieval therapy, it was at its height during the social and scientific revolutions of early-modern Britain. 'It survived well into the 18th century, and amongst the poor it lingered stubbornly on into the time of Queen Victoria. 'Quite apart from the question of cannibalism, the sourcing of body parts now looks highly unethical to us. 'In the heyday of medicinal cannibalism bodies or bones were routinely taken from Egyptian tombs and European graveyards. Not only that, but some way into the eighteenth century one of the biggest imports from Ireland into Britain was human skulls. 'Whether or not all this was worse than the modern black market in human organs is difficult to say.'

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The book gives numerous vivid, often disturbing examples of the practice, ranging from the execution scaffolds of Germany and Scandinavia, through the courts and laboratories of Italy, France and Britain, to the battlefields of Holland and Ireland and on to the tribal man-eating of the Americas. A painting showing the 1649 execution of Charles I showed people mopping up the king's blood with handkerchiefs. Dr Sugg said: 'This was used to treat the "king's evil" - a complaint more usually cured by the touch of living monarchs. 'Over in continental Europe, where the axe fell routinely on the necks of criminals, blood was the medicine of choice for many epileptics. 'In Denmark the young Hans Christian Andersen saw parents getting their sick child to drink blood at the scaffold. So popular was this treatment that hangmen routinely had their assistants catch the blood in cups as it spurted from the necks of dying felons. 'Occasionally a patient might shortcut this system. At one early sixteenth-century execution in Germany, 'a vagrant grabbed the beheaded body "before it had fallen, and drank the blood from him..".' The last recorded instance of this practice in Germany fell in 1865.

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History: Author Dr Richard Sugg, from Durham University, delves into the dark world of medicinal cannibalism in his new book Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires

Whilst James I had refused to take human skull, his grandson Charles II liked the idea so much that he bought the recipe. Having paid perhaps £6,000 for this, he often distilled human skull himself in his private laboratory.

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Dr Sugg said: 'Accordingly known before long as "the King's Drops", this fluid remedy was used against epilepsy, convulsions, diseases of the head, and often as an emergency treatment for the dying. 'It was the very first thing which Charles reached for on February 2 1685, at the start of his last illness, and was administered not only on his deathbed, but on that of Queen Mary in 1698.' Dr Sugg's research will be featured in a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary with Tony Robinson in which they reconstruct versions of older cannibalistic medicines with the help of pigs' brains, blood and skull. The book, called Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires, will be published on June 29 by Routledge and charts the largely forgotten history of European corpse medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians.

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- nemo, hamilton mt, 24/5/2011 01:04 Report abuse Click to rate Rating 5

The only difference between what they did and modern practice such as blood transfusions, organ or bone marrow transplants, stem cell treatment and so forth is that now the science is better. Parts is parts.
- Jive_Dadson, Silicon Valley, California USA, 23/5/2011 22:01 Report abuse Click to rate Rating 1

Steve, I would argue, however, that eating a human who died of natural causes or whatnot and accidentally stepping on a cockroach is different and more humane than torturing and killing animals purposely for their flesh.
- Robin Hood, Nottinghamshire, 23/5/2011 07:41 Report abuse Click to rate Rating 10

How savage.
- Robin Hood, Nottinghamshire, 22/5/2011 23:47 Report abuse Click to rate Rating 9

They're still at it today. It's called TAXATION.
- Philip, Bankrupted Britain, 22/5/2011 18:36 Report abuse Click to rate Rating 49

There was me thinking that they were tucking into haunch of fat man, when in reality they were not, just hocuspocus medical remedies that never worked. In the early 20th radium blankets, infused with deadly radium were thought a good way to keep warm and cure all sorts of maladies. Laugh ...how we have moved on with science since then, well some Chinese still think Rhino horn is a cure for erectile dysfunction thus wiping out the last Rhinos. On a similar note I remember clear evidence being presented about the Hopi tribe of SW USA which showed human bones with cut marks from metal knives or flint flakes on them indication that they ate people. The Hopi descendants were outraged, even when a dried human stool, about 500 years old was found and tested to reveal that human flesh was in poop defecated by some long forgotten tribes person the Hopi played hell with the results and still try to deny their descendants tucked into a bit of fat man or woman.
- Big Vern, London, 22/5/2011 13:42 Report abuse Click to rate Rating 13

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