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Coronations and the Festive Calendar in Medieval and Early Modern England

5 May 2023

In its artwork and design, the invitation to Charles III’s coronation on 6 May 2023 deliberately evokes the seasonal setting of the celebration. According to the official website...

Levels of Labour Law Enforcement in Early Modern England

10 January 2023

In 1563 the English Parliament passed the ‘Statute of Artificers’ (aka ‘the Statute’), which sought to regulate wage labour and ‘banish idleness, advance husbandry and yield...

The Politics of Pancakes

1 March 2022

On Shrove Tuesday 1270, the monks of Beaulieu Abbey in the New Forest rewarded their lay manorial workers with pancakes, with the youngest employees also receiving a feast of beef,...

Kings of the School: Britain’s Carnival Monarchs and Social Inversion

18 February 2021

Recalling his schoolboy days in Dornoch at the beginning of the 19th century, the Scottish minister Donald Sage wrote that cockfighting ‘took precedence over all…other...