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A Queen Dies and a Prince in Born

Queen Jane Seymour, the third new wife of King Henry the 8th, has given birth to a baby boy... and dies of complications a few weeks later. She was almost 30 years old which is considered middle age for a woman during this time. Unfortunately, death during childbirth is not unusual. The boy is named Edward and will become Edward the 6th at the ripe old age of 9 years old when his father dies from complications due to being so full of ... food. King Henry will become rather obese in the next few years. As he eats, one wonders what is eating him. Queen Jane was a kind and gentle soul. She receives a full queen's funeral and is laid to rest in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. King Henry will be laid to rest next to her when he finally passes. [1]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Well... I'm short for words. By all reports Queen Jane was a nice lady. She probably died from infection. This happened a lot to women because "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" hasn't made the rounds in the medical profession yet. Doctors would often walk from an autopsy to the birthing room to deliver a baby with no washing of the hands. (Palm to forehead.) Now you know why they send you to boil water. King Henry won't marry again for three years yet negotiations begin almost immediately for a fourth wife. His advisor, now the Privy Seal Thomas Cromwell, is pulling for a German woman, Anne of Cleves for political reasons. That will be a mistake. She will marry King Henry in early 1540 and be out the door in 6 months. Cromwell will lose his head for this mistake. Few tears will be shed. [2] [3] [4] [5]

The Man Who Will Live 187 Years *

Petratsh Zartan is born this year in a small village in Hungry. He will live all of his 187 years in this village. His secret is eating a small cake called kalatschen, followed by milk and a swig of fruit brandy... probably a distilled wine called pálinka. He will be reasonably vigorous up until a few days before his death when he will walk a mile to the post office and back. [6] [7]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
It's difficult to credit this man's age. My sense is that his relatives enjoyed playing up how old he was. I doubt his long life (however long it was) had much to do with what he ate or drank... not entirely anyway. Some people are naturally blessed with long life. I watched a PBS special where they investigated what made people long-lived. The "secret" is to have parents who lived a long life. There is no pill or fruit or special exercise that will allow us to live forever or even 187 years. A good diet makes our years better though. My sons follow a paleo-diet, and my daughter has gone gluten-free. It has done them well but I can no longer follow such a plan. I can approach it, but I can no longer be as strict as I once was. I was in bed for two days last time I was strict. I promised I would never do that again. So... my advice is to eat well, and sensibly. All things in moderation. If I was told that I could live 200 years and all I had to do was to eat cooked carrots morning, noon, and night I'd probably ask, "What do I have to eat to live 150 years?"

Baja California and What Survivors Do

The Baja California peninsula is not in modern day California but south of it. In the 1500s it was thought to be an island. Cortez has heard that this island is populated by women warriors carrying spears of gold, so he sends Francisco de Ulloa to find out what is true and what is not. Francisco, sails up the Vermillion Sea which is now the Gulf of California. He will name it the Sea of Cortez after his commander and discover that Baja is not an island. Also... no Amazonian women with golden spears. [8] [9] [10]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
My brother loves to fish in the Gulf of California. Due to a number of natural disasters over millions of years the Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez) has retained a rich marine life. The San Andreas fault travels right down the middle of it so when you hear people worry about California slipping into the Pacific Ocean, remember that the type of geological cataclysm that created the Baja peninsula also created the Rocky Mountains. That type of activity is long past. Natural disasters along the Pacific coast today are tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes. We remember when Mount Saint Helens blew up, but what about other active volcanoes? Mount Rainier in the State of Washington has the city of Tacoma in the cross-hairs. Pull up Google Maps for Tacoma. Could the paths for pyroclastic flows be any more obvious? Tacoma is going to make Pompeii look like a picnic in the park. The city of Olympia is in better shape and Seattle might make it. I don't want to frighten anyone but survivors think of the possibilities BEFORE something happens. [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1537, Wikipedia.

See Also


* The asterisk in the section header indicates that it was read on the podcast.
  1. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster. “Queen Jane Seymour d. after birth of Prince Edward (later Edward VI)” 
  2. Anne of Cleves - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “Despite Henry's very vocal misgivings, the two were married on 6 January 1540 at the royal Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, London by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. The phrase 'God send me well to keep' was engraved around Anne’s wedding ring. Immediately after arriving in England, Anne conformed to the Anglican form of worship, which Henry expected. The couple's first night as husband and wife was not a successful one.”
  3. Thomas Cromwell - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “Cromwell was condemned to death without trial and beheaded on Tower Hill on 28 July 1540, the day of the King's marriage to Catherine Howard.”
  4. Anne of Cleves: Facts, Information, Biography & Portraits. EnglishHistory.net (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “Henry infamously referred to his bride as a 'Flanders mare' and told courtiers and ambassadors that he could not perform his husbandly duties because of Anne's appearance. Anne's reaction to Henry's physical charms was not recorded, but she agreed to an annulment very quickly and remained in England for the rest of her life. Henry was grateful for her cooperation and granted her a generous income and several homes, including Hever Castle.”
  5. The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Anne of Cleves. in her own words. PBS (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “[...] so, my lords and others of your majesty's council, now being with me, have put me in comfort thereof; and that your highness will take me for your sister; for the which I most humbly thank you accordingly.”
  6. Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine. The Project Gutenberg E-text (October 1896). “Setrasch Czarten, or, as he is called by Baily, Petratsh Zartan, was also born in Hungary at a village four miles from Teneswaer in 1537. He lived for one hundred and eighty years in one village and died at the age of one hundred and eighty-seven, or, as another authority has it, one hundred and eighty-five. A few days before his death he had walked a mile to wait at the post-office for the arrival of travelers and to ask for succor, which, on account of his remarkable age, was rarely refused him. He had lost nearly all his teeth and his beard and hair were white. He was accustomed to eat a little cake the Hungarians call kalatschen, with which he drank milk. After each repast he took a glass of eau-de-vie. His son was living at ninety-seven and his descendants to the fifth generation embellished his old age. Shortly before his death Count Wallis had his portrait painted. Comparing his age with that of others, we find that he was five years older than the Patriarch Isaac, ten more than Abraham, thirty-seven more than Nahor, sixteen more than Henry Jenkins, and thirty-three more than 'old Parr.'” | accessdate = 16 March 2015 }}
  7. Pálinka - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “While pálinka may be made of any local grown fruit, the most common ones are plums, apricots, apples, pears, and cherries.”
  8. The Great Navigators of the Eighteenth Century. ReadCentral.com (1880). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “In 1537, Cortes with Francisco de Ulloa, discovered the huge peninsula of California, and sailed over the greater part of the long and narrow strait now known as the Vermilion Sea.”
  9. Gulf of California - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “The Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez or Sea of Cortés or Vermilion Sea; locally known in the Spanish language as Mar de Cortés or Mar Bermejo or Golfo de California) is a body of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland.”
  10. Sea of Cortez - Baja, Mexico. AllAboutBaja.com (2013). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “Some of the first charts, drawn in the early 1500's, depicted Baja as an island. This was disproven in 1539 by Francisco de Ulloa who was sent by Hernán Cortes to explore the area. Cortes had heard persistent rumors that there was an island ruled by Amazon women with weapons of made of gold and that the surrounding waters were paved with endless beds of pearls. Ulloa named the sea after his benefactor.”
  11. Mount St. Helens - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980, at 8:32 a.m. PDT,[2] the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (298 km) of highway were destroyed.”
  12. Mount Rainier - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, and it is on the Decade Volcano list. Because of its large amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could potentially produce massive lahars that could threaten the entire Puyallup River valley.”
  13. Decade Volcanoes - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “The Decade Volcanoes are 17 volcanoes identified by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) as being worthy of particular study in light of their history of large, destructive eruptions and proximity to populated areas.”
  14. Mount Rainier Hazards. USGS: Volcano Hazards Program (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “Its next eruption could produce volcanic ash, lava flows, and avalanches of intensely hot rock and volcanic gases, called pyroclastic flows. Some of these events swiftly melt snow and ice and could produce torrents of meltwater that pick up loose rock and become rapidly flowing slurries of mud and boulders known as lahars.”
  15. Lahar - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 16 March 2015. “A lahar is a type of mudflow or debris flow composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris, and water.”

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