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Nearly 520 years ago, a pandemic changed the course of history. Arthur — the elder brother of future King Henry VIII — died suddenly in April 1502, most likely from the “English sweat sickness” (a highly dangerous pandemic infection at the time), at the age of 15, barely 20 weeks after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.
The death of Arthur being so swift, it is unlikely he died from Tuberculosis as some people have suggested. The “English sweat sickness” is thus the most likely culprit. Even his Aunt, Mary Tudor Queen of France, also caught the disease but survived, somewhat very weakened...