Today in 1533 the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth, was christened at the church of observant friars in Greenwich. She was three days old. The mayor, and all the important citizens of London were ordered to attend. The font itself was silver, was surrounded by gentle women with towels and aprons to make sure that the water stayed clean. A crimson satin canopy trimmed with gold hung over the font. On the way out, gifts were carried with Elizabeth, back to Anne’s chambers - the Queen traditionally did not attend the christening, as she was still in the confinement in her chamber until she was churched 40 days after the birth.
That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com.
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