St George’s Day

| April 23, 2018

Today, 23rd April, is St George’s Day. It commemorates the execution of St George, A Roman soldier who was imprisoned, tortured and finally beheaded for his Christian faith, on this day in 303 A.D. St George is, of course, famous for the St George and the Dragon legend, a chivalric tale brought back to England […]

He is Risen – Easter Sunday and the Tudors

| April 1, 2018

He is Risen – Easter Sunday and the Tudors

Happy Easter! Today, Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This was a day that was also important in the Tudor church calendar. On Easter Sunday, people would go to church and the church candles and those around the Easter sepulchre were extinguished and then the church candles were re-lit by the […]

Maundy Thursday and Anne Boleyn

| March 29, 2018

Maundy Thursday and Anne Boleyn

Today, the Thursday before Easter, is Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday. It commemorates the Last Supper, that final and special meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples, and Christ’s washing of their feet. Anne Boleyn owned a copy of William Tyndale’s English translation of the New Testament so I thought that I would use […]

Happy New Year!

| March 25, 2018

That got your attention, didn’t it? Ha! Yes, today is the start of the new calendar year – well, it would be if we were living in Tudor times! Yes, back in Tudor times (actually until 1752!), the new calendar year started on 25th March, which was Lady Day. Historians and researchers have to take […]

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 […]