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The ceremony of the New Year’s gifts – video

In today's Claire Chats I talk about the origin of the medieval and Tudor custom of New Year gift-giving, the ceremony associated with the monarch receiving gifts and the other traditions associated with New Year - enjoy! Happy New Year and a big thank you for all your support and encouragement in 2015.

In my video, I mention John Nichol's early 19th century book The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth and you can read the lists of Elizabeth I's New Year gifts at https://archive.org/stream/progressesandpu01nichgoog#page/n38/mode/2up, pages xxxiii to xxli. I also mention my Claire Chats video from last year so here it is:

In that video I also mention a video looking at books that were given to and by Tudor monarchs at New Year, so here you are! That will keep you busy!

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The ceremony of the New Year’s gifts – video