Shrove Tuesday

| February 17, 2015

Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as some people call it, and it’s one of the three days which make up Shrovetide: Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday. You can read all about Lent and Shrovetide, plus get a Tudor recipe for pancakes, in my article Lent, Shrovetide, Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and […]

Friday 13th and Tudor Superstitions

| February 13, 2015

Friday 13th and Tudor Superstitions

I’ve just realised that today is Friday 13th, a day which is considered to be unlucky by those who are superstitious. I’m not at all superstitious but I do find superstitions interesting so I researched Tudor superstitions a few years ago. Click here to read my article Tudor Superstitions. Author Robert Parry also wrote a […]

Happy Kings’ Day!

| January 6, 2015

Happy Kings’ Day!

Today is Kings’ Day or the Feast of the Epiphany, a commemoration and celebration of the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. Happy Kings’ Day! You can read more about how this day was celebrated in Tudor times in my article over at The Tudor Society – click here to read that now. […]

28 December – Childermas

| December 28, 2014

28 December – Childermas

Today is Childermas (Children’s Mass) or Holy Innocents’ Day and it was part of the Twelve Days of Christmas celebrated in the Tudor period. This feast day commemorates the massacre of the baby boys which King Herod ordered in Bethlehem, in an attempt to kill the infant Jesus Christ. The innocent babies were seen by […]

31 October – Halloween or All Hallows Eve

| October 31, 2014

31 October – Halloween or All Hallows Eve

Happy Halloween! Today in many countries around the world children and adults will be dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins, going to parties, going trick or treating… having all kinds of fun, but what is Halloween really all about? Is it a celebration of all things paranormal and evil? Well, no, not originally anyway and […]

Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell

| September 9, 2014

Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell

Just a quick post to alert you to the publication of my new book, which is a short book on that Tudor mystery disease, sweating sickness. Here are all the details: MadeGlobal’s History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and accessible […]

Easter Sunday – Happy Easter!

| April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday – Happy Easter!

On Easter Sunday, in Tudor times, the candles in the church and around the sepulchre were extinguished, and then the church lights were re-lit by the priest, from a fire. The sepulchre was opened, and Christ’s resurrection was celebrated with a special mass. The Easter Sunday mass marked the end of Lent, a period where […]

Good Friday

| April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, the day when Christians like me remember Christ’s sacrifice in dying for our sins on the cross. On Good Friday in Tudor times, people attended the ceremony known as “Creeping to the Cross”. Christ’s suffering and crucifixion, and what it meant, were commemorated by the clergy creeping up to a crucifix […]