Did Shakespeare Have Syphilis?
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Lancaster University History Society were lucky enough to be host to an hysterically funny and highly illuminating lecture by Lesley Smith, the curator of Tutbury Castle and 16th century historian. Endlessly enthusiastic about her chosen subject, she prefers to take a hands-on approach to her studies. Students were regaled with stories about her experiments with Elizabethan condoms, her own experience using citrus fruit as a cervical cap and even her attempts to weave menstrual pads out of nettles. With her ever-present wit and boundless confidence she owned the room, and her bottomless bag of examples drew both horror and delight.
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