The Tudor Society
  • Ash Wednesday and Lent in Tudor times

    Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which in Tudor times was a time of fasting and prayer.

    But how did Tudor people mark Ash Wednesday and Lent? What else did they do?

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  • Lent

    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, a time when meat, eggs, cheese and sexual relations were forbidden. Prior to this fasting was a time of celebration, Shrovetide, which began on the seventh Sunday before Easter, a day known as Shrove Sunday. The word “Shrove” came from “shriving”, the confession of sins and the receiving of absolution for them.

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