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For most excellent information regarding the Elizabethan era:

The Compendium of Common Knowledge compiled labouriously by Maggie Secara

Also, see: http://stgeorge.kugelblitz.co.uk
for more pics and information on our household members involved at the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

A major holiday approaching for all those of Elizabethan interest is: April 23, St. George's Day. St. George has been the patron saint of England since 1222, replacing Edward the Confessor. In 1415, April 23, the day St. George was beheaded for refusing to recant his faith, became the official national feast day for the English people. St. George is also the patron saint of soldier, archers, cavalry, chivalry, farmers and fieldworkers. His feast day was ordered to be observed like Christmas Day with much feasting and revelry.


In 1348, George was adopted by Edward III as principal Patron of his new order of chivalry, the Knights of the Garter. Some believe that the Order took its name from a pendant badge or jewel traditionally shown in depictions of Saint George. The insignia of the Order include a Collar and Badge Appendant, known as the George. The badge is of gold and presents a richly enameled representation of St George on horseback slaying the dragon. A second medal, the Lesser George, also depicting George and the dragon, is worn attached to the Sash. The objective of the Order was probably to focus the efforts of England on further Crusades to reconquer the Holy Land. St George's Chapel, Windsor, completed in stages from 1483 to 1528, has remained the official seat of the Order, where its chapters assemble. The Monarch and the Prince of Wales are always members, together with 24 others and 26 Knights.


(Some information on St. George courtesy of brittania.com)




Other dates of note:

Sept. 7, 1533 Elizabeth born at Greenwich palace
May 19, 1536 Anne Boleyn (Elizabeth's mother)beheaded on Tower Green
on charges of treason.
October 12, 1537 King Edward VI Elizabeth's brother)
born at Hampton Court Palace
October 24, 1537 Queen Jane Seymour (Edward's mother) dies
from childbed fever
January 28, 1547 Henry VIII dies and Edward VI becomes King
of England
July 6, 1553 Edward VI dies at the age of 15
July 11, 1553 Jane Grey declared Queen
July 19, 1553 Mary Tudor proclaimed Queen, Jane removed
October 1, 1553 Mary crowned Mary I
July 25, 1554, Mary marries Philip of Spain (soon to be Philip II of
Spain) at Winchester Cathedral
Palm Sunday, March 18, 1554, Elizabeth committed to the Tower
on orders of her sister, Mary, the Queen
May 19, 1554, Elizabeth removed from the Tower and remanded
to the custody of Sir Henry Beddingfield at
November 17, 1558 Mary I dies at St. James Palace
November 17, 1558 Elizabeth Tudor learns at Hatfield
she is now Queen of England
January 15, 1559 Elizabeth crowned Elizabeth I



















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