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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, 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