The Tudor Society
  • Sunday fun

    Today’s bit of Sunday fun is a wordsearch puzzle on the feast days of October. You’ll know the answers to these if you’ve read our Tudor Feast Days book and if you get stuck then you can check in the book or visit our October Feast Days page. Good luck!

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  • The Feast of Saints Crispin and Crispinian

    In Tudor England, 25th October marked the feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian who were brothers (some say twins) and who were martyrs of the Early Church, being beheaded on 25 October 285 or 286 during the reign of Diocletian. Following the victory of England over France on 25 October 1415, at the Battle of Agincourt, the day became a celebration of that event too. Celebrations included bonfires, revelry and the crowning of a King Crispin.

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  • October Feast Days

    In the medieval period, wakes were held to mark the end of summer and to dedicate the local church. The feasting and partying could go on for days, so, in 1532, Henry VIII stamped down on this practice and ordered that the first Sunday in October was the day for local parish churches to hold their dedication service.

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