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 […]

Historical Medieval Battle – A Modern yet Historical Sport

| February 10, 2014

Historical Medieval Battle – A Modern yet Historical Sport

Today we have an article written by the organisers of a truly modern yet medieval sport … Historical Medieval Battle. One evening recently, Tim and I were channel surfing on our TV and stumbled upon a documentary about a team from the UK competing in an international medieval battling competition. We were both gripped that […]

A Visit to the Basilica of Saint Denis – Guest Post by Yann Kergourlay

| January 27, 2014

A Visit to the Basilica of Saint Denis – Guest Post by Yann Kergourlay

Thank you so much to Yann Kergourlay for writing this post on the Basilica of Saint Denis in Paris and for sharing these beautiful photographs. If you’re confused as to what this has to do with the Tudors, Mary Tudor, Queen of France, was crowned at St Denis, Anne Boleyn served Mary Tudor and Queen […]

Happy Epiphany!

| January 6, 2014

Happy Epiphany!

In the UK today, the Christmas period tends to end with New Year, but in Tudor times there were twelve days of feasting and merriment, stretching from Christmas Day to Epiphany, the feast day celebrating the visitation of the Magi to baby Jesus. If you watched the Tudor Monastery Farm Christmas Special, you will know […]

I’m Back with a Few Photos of Stratford-upon-Avon

| January 2, 2014

I’m Back with a Few Photos of Stratford-upon-Avon

I’ve had some time off research and writing over the Christmas period, and I also spent a long weekend in the UK seeing my best friend and my family. I popped into Stratford-upon-Avon one morning, to meet my parents and brother (and his family) and so snapped a few photos with my phone. My brother […]

Happy New Year!

| January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that 2014 brings you love, happiness, success and as many good things as possible. Although the Tudor New Year did not begin until 25th March, upper classes exchanged New Year’s gifts on 1st January. Tudor poet Thomas Tusser wrote about […]

Tudor Monastery Farm Episode 6

| December 19, 2013

Tudor Monastery Farm Episode 6

Here is a rundown of last night’s episode of Tudor Monastery Farm based on my scribbled notes… It is September at the farm, the beginning of autumn and shorter days, The team are preparing for the end of the farming year. They need to make provisions for the winter. They’ve harvested and stored the pea […]

Tudor Diseases and Ailments

| December 17, 2013

Tudor Diseases and Ailments

As you know, I was ill in bed for a few days last week and it got me thinking about disease in Tudor times. I’m not going to go into detail on Tudor medicine, the four humours etc., I just want to touch on diseases that were common in that era. Today, many of these […]