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 […]

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s New Year’s Gifts

| December 31, 2011

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s New Year’s Gifts

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that Father Christmas brought you all that your heart desired. Of course, in Tudor times gifts were given at New Year rather than Christmas and I love reading the lists of New Year’s gifts in Letters and Papers to get a glimpse into the lives […]

A Gift Fit for a King – Anne Boleyn’s New Year Gift to Henry VIII

| December 22, 2010

A Gift Fit for a King – Anne Boleyn’s New Year Gift to Henry VIII

Giving gifts at Christmas is a relatively modern phenomenon, even here in Spain the gifts come from the Three Kings on the eve of Epiphany rather than from Santa on Christmas Eve. In Tudor times, gifts were given at New Year and I thought you might be interested in the following:- January 1533 (the same […]