31 October – Halloween

| October 31, 2016

31 October – Halloween

All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as it’s more commonly referred to today, is celebrated on the night of 31st October, the night before All Saints’ Day (All Hallows), the feast day of all saints, known and unknown. It is the first day of Hallowtide, which also includes the Feast of All Hallows (or All Saints) […]

The Lives of Tudor Women by Elizabeth Norton

| October 10, 2016

The Lives of Tudor Women by Elizabeth Norton

I am delighted to be the first stop on historian Elizabeth Norton’s virtual book tour for her newly released book The Lives of Tudor Women. Elizabeth joins us today with a guest article… No other period in English history has been as associated with women in the popular consciousness as the Tudor age. From Elizabeth […]

Easter Sunday – A celebration of Christ’s Resurrection

| March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday – A celebration of Christ’s Resurrection

According to the Gospel of John, it was on the first day of the week, the Sunday following Christ’s crucifixion on the Friday, that Mary Magdalene came to Christ’s sepulchre and found that the stone sealing it had been rolled away. She ran to tell the disciples and came across Peter and John, telling them […]

Good Friday and Lady Day

| March 25, 2016

Good Friday and Lady Day

Today, 25th March, is Good Friday according to the Western/Gregorian calendar and it is the day that commemorates the crucifixion of Christ, his sacrifice in dying for our sins. In Tudor times, people would attend church on this day for the ceremony of the “Creeping to the Cross”. The clergy would get down on their hands […]

Today is Maundy Thursday

| March 24, 2016

Today is 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. You can read all about how what the Tudors did on this day, including details of the foot-washing ceremony, in my article over at the Tudor Society – click here. […]

Happy Mothering Sunday

| March 6, 2016

Happy Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday is celebrated today in the UK and some other countries, so a very Happy Mothering Sunday to all those celebrating today, I hope you get thorooughly spoiled. Here’s an extract from my feast days article in the March edition of Tudor Life magazine: Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent and so, […]

1 March – The Feast Day of St David, Dewi Sant

| March 1, 2016

1 March – The Feast Day of St David, Dewi Sant

Happy St David’s Day! Yes, 1st March is the feast day of St David (Dewi Sant), the patron saint of Wales. Why am I posting about that on the Anne Boleyn Files? I hear you ask. Well, one reason is that I’m half Welsh and my Welsh roots are important to me, but the main […]

14 February – The day of love and a prophecy fulfilled

| February 14, 2016

14 February – The day of love and a prophecy fulfilled

If you haven’t got the hint yet – with the shops being full of red roses, teddy bears, chocolates, hearts and roses – today is Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Now, it is not a modern phenomenon – sorry, you can’t blame card manufacturers and commercialism – because we know, for example, that medieval […]