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 […]

Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday

| April 17, 2014

Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday, a day in the Christian calendar which commemorates the Last Supper, that final meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples before his arrest. On Maundy Thursday in Tudor times the church was prepared for Easter with water and wine being used to wash the altars. It was also traditional for […]

Happy New Year or Happy Lady Day!

| March 25, 2014

Happy New Year or Happy Lady Day!

Before you think I’ve gone mad, let me just explain that 25th March, or Lady Day, was the start of the New Year in Tudor times. Lady Day, or the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, was a feast day commemorating the day that the Virgin Mary was first told by the Angel […]