Tudor cats

| April 3, 2015

Tudor cats

Thank you for all the kind words regarding the death of my elderly cat Poppy, they mean such a lot to me. Beth von Staats reminded me that Cardinal Wolsey had a cat so I thought I’d write a quick post on Tudor cats, based on a talk I did on Tudor pets for the […]

Good Friday – How was it remembered in Tudor times?

| April 3, 2015

Good Friday – How was it remembered in Tudor times?

On Good Friday in the sixteenth century, people would attend a church ceremony known as “Creeping to the Cross”. Jesus Christ’s suffering and crucifixion, and what it meant, were commemorated by the clergy getting down on their hands and knees and creeping up to a crucifix held up before the altar. This “creeping” would culminate […]

Maundy Thursday

| April 2, 2015

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday, the feast day that commemorates the Last Supper, that final meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples before his arrest, so I just wanted to share with you some articles I have written on the topic: Maundy Thursday Anne Boleyn and Maundy Thursday 2 April – On this day in […]

25 March – Lady Day

| March 25, 2015

25 March – Lady Day

The Tudor tradition of Lady Day keeps Tudor historians and researchers on their toes, and causes confusion when dating events which happened between 1st January and 24th March. “Why?”, you may ask. Well, because in Tudor times the new calendar year did not start on 1st January, it started on 25th March, Lady Day or […]

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 […]