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!
Sources and further reading
- Brand's Popular Antiquities Of Great Britain, quoted on HymnsandCarolsofChristmas.com.
- Hutton, Ronald (2001) The Stations Of The Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain
- Woolgar, C.M. (1999) The Great Household in Late Medieval England
- Harris, Barbara (2002) English Aristocratic Women, 1450-1550
- Nichols, John (1823) The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth, https://archive.org/stream/progressesandpu01nichgoog#page/n38/mode/2up, pages xxxiii to xxli.
- The Royalle Book, quoted in The Year Book of Daily Recreation and Information: Concerning Remarkable Men and Manners, Times and Seasons… by William Hone – https://books.google.es/books?id=ATs9AAAAYAAJ&pg, p24.