In this week's video, Claire talks about Epiphany and Twelfth Night, how they were celebrated in the Tudor and medieval periods, and how they are celebrated today.
Here are YouTube videos showing the processions of the Three Kings in various Spanish cities on the night of 5th January:
Members can enjoy my talks on court revelry in the Tudor period:
Notes and Sources
- "Twelfth Night: a day for literary epiphanies", The Guardian, Tuesday 6th January 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/jan/06/twelfth-night-liteary-epiphanies
- Oxford Dictionary, http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/twelfth-night
- Roud, Steve (2006) The English Year, p.10-11.
- Details of Henry VII's 1494 pageant from Welsford, Enid (2015) The Court Masque: A Study in the Relationship between Poetry and the Revels, p.120.
- Details of Edward VI's entertainments can be found in Feuillerat, A ed. Documents relating to the revels at court in the time of King Edward VI and Queen Mary (the Loseley manuscripts) edited with notes and indexes, A. Uystpruyst, 1914, p.92-94, 278.
- Details of Henry VIII's 1512 masque - Hall, Edward, Hall's Chronicle, p.526-527. An account from the previous year can be found on p. 516-7 - see http://www.archive.org/stream/hallschronicleco00halluoft#page/516/mode/2up.
- Hutton, Ronald (2001) Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, Oxford University Press, p. 15-16.
- British Monarchy website, http://www.royal.gov.uk/RoyalEventsandCeremonies/Epiphany/Epiphany.aspx