July 16, 1439

On July 16, 1439, the Plague was ravaging through England and its young king, Henry VI was desperate to stop its deadly advance. So what did the 18-year old king do? He banned kissing. If people didn’t get close enough to kiss, then maybe they wouldn’t catch the Black Death. It was good reasoning, but King Henry didn’t take into account the basic nature of people. They liked kissing. Kissing led to cuddling and cuddling led to sex and people REALLY liked sex in the 15th Century. They didn’t have TV, radios or video games, so sex, surreptitiously watching your neighbors have sex, the occasional hanging, and going to church was about the only entertainment a peasant had. So, the kissing ban failed and the people of England even began questioning Henry’s sexuality. If it was the 1980s, they would have accused him of being a nerd and playing Dungeons and Dragons, or for that time and place Quests and Queer Creatures.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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