Today is Maundy Thursday
Posted By Claire on March 24, 2016
Today is Maundy Thursday, the feast day that commemorates the Last Supper, that final meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples before his arrest.
You can read all about how what the Tudors did on this day, including details of the foot-washing ceremony, in my article over at the Tudor Society – click here.
One of the rituals associated with Maundy Thursday was the giving of alms, known as “Maundy money”. This was something that Anne Boleyn did when she was queen and you can read more about this in my 2014 article Anne Boleyn and Maundy Thursday and also my article Anne Boleyn and Charity.
Today, 24th March, is also the anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. Here are two articles about this:
- 24 March 1603 – The Death of Queen Elizabeth I
- Sorrow in the City: Reactions to the End of an Age by Heather R. Darsie
Image: Washing of the feet and the Last Supper, panels by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Siena Cathedral.