A snippet of interesting trivia relating to the Mary Rose, and Tudor life in general.
What links the new £5 note with the candles of the Mary Rose?
72 candle fragments were found in a cask in the orlop deck of the Mary Rose, many of which were made of beef fat, or tallow.
Meanwhile, this week it was revealed that the polymer pellets used to make the new £5 note contained traces of tallow, meaning that the newest addition to UK currency was not suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Of course, in 1545 England there was no such thing as a vegetarian; if someone didn’t eat meat it was either for health reasons, or they just couldn’t afford any.