Happy Halloween, or All Hallows Eve!

| October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween, or All Hallows Eve!

Today, 31st October, as well as being the birthday of my daughter (Happy birthday Verity!) is also All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as it’s more commonly known. Halloween is the first day of Hallowtide, which includes the Feast of All Hallows, also known as All Saints’ Day, which is celebrated on 1st November and which […]

Friday 13th – Good Luck!

| October 13, 2017

Friday 13th – Good Luck!

Today is Friday 13th, that day that some people consider to be unlucky. There are various theories as to why Friday 13th is viewed in this way: Friday is an unlucky day anyway because Christ was crucified on a Friday (some say it was also the 13th) and that there were thirteen present at the […]

Tudor Cooking with Claire – A fool

| October 6, 2017

Tudor Cooking with Claire – A fool

Phew! I’ve just recorded my 15th “Tudor Cooking with Claire” video and the latest recipe is a Tudor fool. Today, an English fool is a dessert made by mixing stewed or puréed fruit with cream or custard, but a medieval or Tudor fool was a creamy custard with or without bread soaked into it. My […]

Easter Sunday – He is risen from death

| April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday – He is risen from death

Today is Easter Sunday and Christians around the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Tudor times, an Easter sepulchre had been prepared on Good Friday. This sepulchre represented the sealed tomb Christ had been laid to rest in following his crucifixion. It consisted of a stone or wooden niche filled with […]

13 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s last Maundy Thursday

| April 13, 2017

This day in history, 13th April 1536, was Maundy Thursday – as it is this year – the day which commemorates the Last Supper, that final meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples before his arrest. It was to be the last time that Anne Boleyn would carry out the traditional duties of a […]

World Poetry Day 2017

| March 21, 2017

World Poetry Day 2017

A Facebook post by the BBC has just alerted me to the fact that it is World Poetry Day today. How can I be a literature lover and not know that? Oh dear! I love so many poems, but because I have a rather soft spot for Thomas Wyatt the Elder I will share one […]

St David’s Day and the Tudors

| March 1, 2017

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 […]

Happy Shrove Tuesday!

| February 28, 2017

Happy Shrove Tuesday!

Today is Shrove Tuesday, the last of the three days of Shrovetide and the last chance to enjoy yourself before Lent, which was a period of fasting (no meat, eggs, cheese or sex) in Tudor times. As I said in my post yesterday, Shrove Tuesday was marked with court celebrations and entertainment such as jousting, […]