‘Queen’s Evil’, also known as ‘King’s Evil’, was a common skin disease in the Middle Ages, affecting the lymph nodes of the neck. What was unique about the common treatment for this condition however?

Answer: In France and England it was widely believed to respond to a cure by the monarch’s touch. This touch was commonly applied by the laying on of hands or blessing by the monarch on those afflicted by the disease.

Source: The Routledge Companion to the Tudor Age

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