Any of various fevers with intense sweating, epidemic in England in the 15th-16th centuries.
- They lived at Ludlow Castle, but had little time together, for poor Arthur died only a few months later, perhaps of tuberculosis or the fever called the sweating sickness.
- His two sons died of the sweating sickness in 1551, when the dukedom became extinct.
- Linking contagion with the poor has been common since at least the early modern period, when they were blamed for plague, typhus, sweating sickness, and syphilis.
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