Halloween, Hallowtide, Witchcraft and Martin Luther

| October 31, 2019

Halloween, Hallowtide, Witchcraft and Martin Luther

Today, the 31st October, is of course All Hallows Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, the first day of Hallowtide. I’m marking the occasion with three videos – one about Hallowtide and how it was celebrated in Tudor times, one about superstition and witchcraft in the Tudor period, and another about an event that took […]

Happy St John the Baptist Day!

| June 24, 2019

Happy St John the Baptist Day!

Today is the feast day of St John the Baptist, an important celebration in the medieval and Tudor periods, with it coinciding with Midsummer, and a day that is still important in some Catholic countries. Fairies, fires, dancing, feasting and drinking were all part of the celebrations. In today’s extra “on this day in Tudor […]

Black Africans in Medieval England by Toni Mount

| May 3, 2019

Black Africans in Medieval England by Toni Mount

A very warm welcome to Toni Mount, who is visiting us here at the Anne Boleyn Files as part of her book tour for her latest book The Colour of Lies, which is fantastic! Over to Toni… In my latest Seb Foxley medieval murder mystery, The Colour of Lies, set in London in the 1470s, […]

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 […]