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Bernadette Peters - Broadway's Best
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#beginquote# While I get irritated at some of the negative posters here, I must agree this time.This has nothing to do with music. i did search google (which the original poster could done themselves) and found this. GROOM OF THE STOOL Henry VIII ... would you have wiped his bum? The groom of the stool was basically Henry VIII's chief bum-wiper. He had to look after the King's poo. And if you didn't do a good job first time around then you could always mop it up with what was called a diper, which was actually a diamond shape piece of linen with a pattern on it. Thankfully I only mocked that one in the series, no hairy arse was pointed in my direction. And given how gross Henry VIII was by the time he got to middle age, it was way down the list of jobs that I wanted to experiment. The strange thing about the groom of the stool is that you'd think it would be the worst job anyone could do, but in fact you became such an intimate of the King only courtiers were chosen to do it. It was also a very dangerous position to hold, because you were right in the thick of the things – you were the Alan Milburn of your day! You could rise up the ranks, but go back down just as quickly. And it was not unknown for grooms of the stool to end up with their heads chopped off. For instance one of them was executed after being accused of having hanky panky with Anne Boleyn. #endquote#
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