The Tudor Society

28 December – A Lord Keeper of the Great Seal who supported learning and Childermas or Holy Innocents’ Day

On this day in Tudor history, the feast of Childermas, 28th December 1510, lawyer, administrator and Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Sir Nicholas Bacon, was born. Bacon was the father of the famous philosopher, statesman, scientist and author, Sir Francis Bacon.

Bacon wasn't just a lawyer and statesman, he was also very concerned with the education of the young, and did much to support it.

Find out all about Sir Nicholas Bacon, his life and career, and how he was banished from court at one point, in this talk...

28th December is also Childermas or Holy Innocents' Day, an important part of the Twelve Days of Christmas in Tudor times.

In this video, I explain the origin of this feast day and how it was commemorated in the Tudor period.

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