Posted By Claire on December 8, 2013
St Anne and the Virgin Mary
Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Catholic Church, which dates back to the 7th century when Eastern churches began celebrating the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That is the origin of the feast, but the feast day as we know it today in the West dates back to around the 11th century.
The “immaculate conception” does not refer to the conception of Christ by the Holy Spirit but, instead, refers to Mary’s own immaculate conception in the womb of her mother, St Anne, which meant that Mary had been conceived free from the taint of original sin.
Read more… in my article from 2011.
Posted By Claire on December 6, 2013
Barb Alexander, The Tudor Tutor
Hello, everyone! Thanks a bunch to Claire at The Anne Boleyn Files for allowing me this cozy guest spot. I know that, usually, guest posts are primarily to promote the author/book being featured. I’d like to spin one this in a slightly different direction:
Because Christmas is on its way, I’m in a sharing mood! Along with the history-with-a-wink thing (okay, let’s be honest: more often it’s the history-with-snark thing), I can’t get away from the teacher in me and wish to point you toward some resources that will gladden your history-loving soul. To benefit YOU, the reader, I’ll wrap all these yummy goodies up in a virtual, velvet-y bow:
Looking for some places in the UK to visit for Tudor-y stuff? A sampling…
You might remember my post a few weeks ago about Tamsin Lewis, an expert in Tudor music, having matched the lyrics of The White Falcon, a ballad performed at Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession on 31st May 1533, with a Tudor tune. Well, Tamsin has just emailed me to say that her book of sheet music […]
Here’s a little jokey ditty by Ann Nonny, author of “The Merry Wives of Henry VIII: A Tudor Spoof Collection”. I hope it brightens your day! Henry loved his first wife, Till she began to waddle; And then, despite her loyalty, He got a younger model. Henry loved his second wife, But despite her charm […]
Amazon UK had my first book, The Anne Boleyn Collection, on offer for a couple of weeks for 99p (the Kindle version) and now Amazon.com users can get their hands on it for $0.99 for a limited period! Click here to download it now. The Anne Boleyn Collection is a Kindle Countdown Deal on Amazon […]
Here are my scribbled notes from last night’s episode of Tudor Monastery Farm… It is now July at the farm and the team are over half way through their time there. The pea crop is in flower and should produce a good harvest, the barley is thriving and so are the sheep and pigs. Farming […]
On 4th December 1541, Thomas Wriothesley and William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton, wrote to Sir Ralph Sadler, Henry VIII’s principal secretary, regarding a visit they had made to Agnes Tilney, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk and step-grandmother of Queen Catherine Howard. They reported that “she was not so sick as she made out, but able enough […]
On this day in 1536, a proclamation was made to the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace offering them a pardon. It read: “Proclamation of the King’s pardon to the rebels of the different districts, viz.: That those of Yorkshire, with the city of York, Kingston upon Hull, Marshland, Holdenshire, Hexham, Beverley, Holderness, &c., on […]