Category 15th century

A battle; a story; a feast day – one; another or all?

25th October is St Crispen’s Day – the feast day of the Christian saints Crispin and Crispinian- twins who were martyred c. AD 286. It was on this Saturday in 1415 that the English defeated the French at Agincourt. Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’ helps us visualise it – but is that really a true description of […]

Kingsbridge Fair Week in Devon begins today but a bit different to an event in 1461!

Back in 1461 Kingsbridge Town in Devon was granted a charter to hold a fair.  That charter holds good to this day and today the Glove Ceremony is still observed.  It is a white glove and is displayed to indicate an amnesty from prosecution for minor offenses committed during the fair – and precedes the […]

The Kate Kennedy Procession

Every year – generally on the second Saturday afternoon of April – thousands of students and citizens gather on the cobbled streets of St Andrews to watch Scotland’s oldest historical pageant. This year, at 2pm on Saturday 8th April 2017, the annual Kate Kennedy Procession will leave the medieval gates of St Salvator’s College on North […]