Happy Easter to you all!

| April 4, 2021

He is risen! Happy Easter! On Easter Sunday in medieval and Tudor times, the candles in the church and around the Easter sepulchre were extinguished, and then the church lights were re-lit by the priest, from a fire. The sepulchre was opened, and Christ’s resurrection was celebrated with a special mass. The Easter Sunday mass […]

The Secrets of the Rainbow: Medieval Artists’ Pigments by Toni Mount

| March 15, 2021

A big thank you to historical novelist and historian Toni Mount for joining us today with a guest article. This is a stop on her blog tour celebrating the launch of her latest Seb Foxley medieval murder mystery. I had access to an advance reader copy and I have to say that it’s my favourite […]

Shrovetide, Shrove Tuesday, Pancakes and more

| February 16, 2021

Happy Shrove Tuesday! Yes, it’s time to enjoy those rich foods before Lent, if you do abstain or fast. I thought I’d help you enjoy this day with some interesting videos and yummy recipes… In this video, my faithful canine friend, Teasel, helps me to explain Shrovetide and how medieval and Tudor people celebrated it: […]

Happy Halloween! Some Hallowtide resources for you

| October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween! I hope you have a lovely and safe Hallowtide. This year, things are so very different, aren’t they? Here, where we are, our local townhall has had to ban trick or treating in our village and instead give out wrapped sweets in sealed bags to local children who dress up and attend the […]

Tudor Nobility

| September 15, 2020

In this latest edition of Teasel’s Tudor Trivia, I explain the Great Chain of Being, the hierarchical structure of society, and the different levels of the nobility in the Tudor period. I also explain why there could be numerous 1st Dukes, e.g. Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, and his son-in-law, Henry Grey, 1st Duke […]

A very Happy Easter to you all!

| April 12, 2020

It’s a very different Easter this year, isn’t it? But for me, as someone who has a faith, the Easter message is even more important. It’s one of complete unconditional love, and love something we definitely need to be spreading right now. I send you bucket loads of love and hope you are safe and […]

Good Friday

| April 10, 2020

Today is Good Friday, unless you’re a member of the Orthodox Churches, the day that Christians around the world remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. It is an important day in the church calendar and was also important in Tudor times. As I have written about it many times over […]

Need a reason to celebrate?

| March 25, 2020

As well as being a Tudor history buff, I’m a complete Potterhead and Rufus Scrimgeour’s words from the movie “Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows part 1” have been on my mind: “These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today…”. Yes, we’re in […]