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Another reason to be grateful for modern medicine (and transport)

August 13th, 2008 (04:20 pm)

“The Bishop of Chichester dyed on Saturday last having had his Leg off which was broke by getting out of his Coach when he found the Coachman thrown out of the Box and the Horses still going on.”

Bod MS Carte 233 fo 26a, Newsletter, 29 September 1696.

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Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: August 13th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
nord-express

I am confused whether the Bishop failed to notice that the Horses were still going on when getting out of his Coach, or noticed they were, but panicked when he noticed the Coachman thrown out of the Box...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 13th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)

My understanding is that the bishop broke his leg by jumping from the coach when it was still moving, having seen the coachman fall from the box, in the hope of escaping a fatal injury.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: August 13th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)

Eeek!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 13th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)

I seem to be collecting accounts of the highly-placed unwell in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The last hour or so has been spent among letters mainly from the duke of Shrewsbury to the fifth Lord Wharton in the 1690s. Shrewsbury is often desperately ill and unable to play the role in House of Lords business he intended - in July 1698 he told Wharton that he was "extream seasonable to my left side, which is lame from my shoulder to my knee" though he had regained some mobility in the previous few days.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: August 13th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)

There's probably a book in that, albeit not a very intellectual one - wacky ways to die in the seventeenth century.

Alternatively, it could just make you very glad of asprins and anti-biotics...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 13th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)

That's an idea...

Remarkably, Shrewsbury didn't die in the 1690s but kept going until 1718, when he was finally carried away by inflammation of the lungs.

Posted by: Evil Asian Genius (eag)
Posted at: August 13th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)

I feel like there's a running joke in here somewhere. "Bad toe? Saw the leg off. Broken leg? Saw the leg off. Cold? Saw the leg off. Migraines? Saw the leg off..."

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 13th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)

We'll have you a freeman of the Company of Barber-Surgeons yet! ;)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 22nd, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)

I expect he blamed Richard Dawkins.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)

With the gift of accurate prophecy that only a prelate of the Church of England can enjoy...