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Tudor Minute December 28: Feast of the Holy Innocents

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Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 28.

Today is the feast day for the Holy Innocents, and it commemorates the massacre of baby boys that Herod ordered trying to kill the young Jesus. The Catholic church believes the children to be the first Christian martyrs. This would be the end of the reign of the Boy Bishop, which had started on December 6, St. Nicholas Day, when a boy would be chosen from the choir to lead all the masses, and take over the bishop’s duties. On this day, there would be a feast, and then things would go back to normal, much to the boys’ disappointment.

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