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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, […]

Shrovetide

| February 26, 2017

Today is Shrove Sunday, the seventh Sunday before Easter and the beginning of Shrovetide. Shrovetide comprises three days: Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday. The word “Shrove” comes from “shriving”, the confession of sins and the receiving of absolution for them, and Shrovetide was time to prepare for Lent and the last opportunity to […]

4 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 1, 2015

4 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

In 1522, 4th March* was Shrove Tuesday and was the day of the special Shrovetide pageant, “The Château Vert”, which took place at York Place in London. This pageant was Anne Boleyn’s first recorded appearance at Henry VIII’s court following her return from France, where she had been serving Queen Claude, consort of Francis I. […]

Shrove Tuesday

| February 17, 2015

Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as some people call it, and it’s one of the three days which make up Shrovetide: Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday. You can read all about Lent and Shrovetide, plus get a Tudor recipe for pancakes, in my article Lent, Shrovetide, Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and […]

4th March 1522 – The Château Vert Pageant

| March 1, 2012

4th March 1522 – The Château Vert Pageant

On this day in history, on the evening of 4th March 1522 (Shrove Tuesday),* Anne Boleyn played the part of Perseverance in the Château Vert pageant. You can read all about this pageant in my article “The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Six – The Château Vert Pageant” – it sounds an amazing spectacle. […]

Lent, Shrovetide, Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday

| February 21, 2012

Lent, Shrovetide, Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, as my children call it, so I thought it would be good to write a quick article about Lent in Tudor times. Lent was, and is, the lead-up to Holy Week and it lasted six and a half weeks. In Tudor times, it was a period of fasting, […]