Friday 13th

| January 13, 2017

If you haven’t already noticed, today is Friday 13th, the so-called unlucky day which has given its name to slasher movies and leads some people to change their plans for the day. I’m not very suspicious, although I will occasionally say “touch wood” after saying something good, but I do find superstitions interesting. I did […]

Epiphany and a royal wedding

| January 6, 2017

Epiphany and a royal wedding

Today, 6th January, is Epiphany, the feast day celebrating the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and a day which brought the Twelve Days of Christmas to a close in medieval and Tudor England. Epiphany at the royal court was celebrated with feasting and pageantry, and you can find out all about it […]

Happy New Year 2017

| January 1, 2017

Happy New Year to you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2017 brings you all that you could wish for! Thank you for following the Anne Boleyn Files, it means so much to me. Now, as I’ve explained before – click here – the 1st January was not the start of the […]

Childermas – 28 December

| December 28, 2016

Childermas – 28 December

Today, 28th December is Holy Innocents’ Day or Childermas (Children’s Mass). It was part of the Twelve Days of Christmas in Tudor times and commemorated the massacre of the baby boys which King Herod ordered in Bethlehem, in an attempt to kill the infant Jesus Christ. The story of the massacre is told in the […]

Tudor Buttered Beere from 1594

| December 20, 2016

Tudor Buttered Beere from 1594

In my latest Tudor Cooking with Claire I’m making a warming drink which is perfect for serving at a Christmas party or for enjoying in front of the fire instead of mulled wine. It’s called “buttered beere” and is from Thomas Dawson’s 1594 book The good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin. It is really easy […]

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 […]