The Tudor Society
  • #OTD in Tudor history – 25 March

    An engraving of St Margaret Clitherow and a painting of the Annunciation

    On this day in Tudor history, 25th March, Lady Day was celebrated and the calendar new year began, and Catholic martyr Margaret Clitherow, the Pearl of York, was pressed to death for harbouring Catholic priests…

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  • 25 March – Happy New Year!

    No, I haven’t gone mad! Today, 25th March, was really the start of the calendar new year in Tudor times. Find out more in today’s video.

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  • 25 March – Lady Day and the New Year

    In Tudor England, the New Year began 25th March, a day known as Lady Day or the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. It was a feast day commemorating the day that the Virgin Mary was first told by the Angel Gabriel that she was carrying Jesus. It is, of course, nine months before Christmas Day, the day in which Christ was born.

    Lady Day was the first day of the calendar year in England until 1752, when the first day of the year was changed to 1 January and the Gregorian Calendar replaced the Julian Calendar. Although the calendar year officially started on 25 March in Tudor times, New Year’s gifts were still given on 1 January, which came from the Roman tradition of New Year.

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  • Calendar Confusion video

    In today’s Claire Chats I talk about all the issues to do with the calendar and dating of documents and sources which are just waiting to catch you out!

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