Not Quite There . . .

This isn’t quite the Valentine that Isabella had in mind for Roger Mortimer, but maybe Edward II could modify it (courtesy of the Valentine Generator) for one of his good friends: To my Virile Roger, You are the knight of …

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New Year’s Resolutions

No, not mine: they’re way too boring. Thanks to Nan Hawthorne‘s suggestion, these are New Year’s Resolutions of some people we all know and love. And Gabriele is joining in over at The Lost Fort! If everyone keeps to their …

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Historical Stocking Stuffers

So what are some famous folk (and some lesser known beings) asking for as Christmas presents? Fellow blogger Nan Hawthorne and I have devoted some thought to this burning question: Ethelred the Unready — a day planner Alfred the Great …

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Merry Christmas!

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If Onslow hasn’t brought down the Christmas tree by tomorrow morning, I’ll be doing a joint post with Nan Hawthorne about what certain historical figures want in their Christmas stockings. (In some cases, that will mean some mighty big stockings.) …

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Yet Another Medieval Christmas Newsletter

As promised, I was able to unearth the Christmas newsletter of Isabella, queen of Edward II and mother of Edward III, over the weekend. From the intimate tone of it, I suspect it was intended primarily for her female relatives …

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Christmas Newsletters, Medieval Style

Ah, the annual Christmas newsletters people send out this time of year. You probably thought they were a recent development, but naturally, you’re dead wrong, because I’ve discovered one from 1483, which bears every mark of having been written by …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve been swamped the last few days, and will probably be for some time, but I couldn’t let Thanksgiving pass without some sort of post before I go and chow down with the family. A while back, I read Brenda …

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Medieval Tax Questions

In honor of income tax filing day here in the United States, here’s some tax questions that some men and women in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries might have asked: Can I deduct the cost of clothing I need to …

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Happy New Year!

I’m working on a very long post for my recently neglected Unromantic Richard III blog, so this is just a quickie. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions in general (for one thing, other than Teddy Grahams and GummiSavers, I …

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The Duke of Debenhams: A Christmas Eve Playlet

(It is closing time on Christmas Eve at Debenhams department store in Salisbury. As the last customer leaves the Mens department, the staff mills around, tidying up, counting the day’s receipts, chatting idly, and so forth. The employees leave in …

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