The Crappiest Job in the World — the Groom of the Stool of Henry VIII

A lesson on perseverance

Henry VIII and the famous stool his Groom carried around
Henry VIII and the famous stool his Groom carried around | Images by Flickr and Wikipedia, altered by the author

In the 16th century, the person in charge of the King’s bottom was more influential than the Queen. King Henry VII (1457–1509) introduced the Groom of the Stool to the court — a strange position that would gain a lot of power over time. This guy was usually a nobleman’s son who would track the King’s bowel…

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