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Jenny Doughty   Link to this

For people unfamiliar with the connotations of 'Shrove Tuesday', the information on this website might be helpful:


steve h   Link to this

English customs for "Pancake Day" are covered in

Susanna   Link to this

There is an interesting discussion of Shrove Tuesday (and Collop Monday) in Ronald Hutton's The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. The city of London had banned Shrove Tuesday football matches repeatedly, starting in 1314. Londoners also celebrated the holiday with cockfights.

David Quidnunc   Link to this

Shrove Tues. Dates 1660-69

This holiday occurs on different dates through the year, since it's the day before Ash Wednesday, a moveable feast. It may be useful for some to know on what date this holiday occurs during Pepys's diary.

6 March 1659/60
27 Feb. 1660/61
11 Feb. 1661/62
3 March 1662/63
23 Feb. 1663/64
7 Feb. 1664/65
27 Feb. 1665/66
19 Feb. 1666/67
4 Feb. 1667/68
23 Feb. 1668/69

From the ecclesiastical date calendar calculator at http://www.albion.edu/english/calendar/easter.htm

David Quidnunc   Link to this

CORRECTION: Shrove Tuesday dates

26 Feb. 1660/61

in Aqua Scripto   Link to this

once thee have shriven then thee can shrove; [Shrove Tuesday. Elicid from OED
1638 DAVENANT Madagascar, etc. 29 More cruell than Shrove-Prentices, when they (Drunk in a Brothell House) are bid to pay. 1659 Lady Alimony V. ii. I4, O ye pittiful Simpletons, who spend your days in throwing Cudgels at Jack a Lents or Shrove-Cocks.
[f. shrove- in SHROVE-TIDE.]
intr. To keep Shrove-tide; to make merry. Often in (to go) a-shroving (locally applied to the practice of going round singing for money on Shrove Tuesday).
The action of the verb SHRIVE, shrift: a. Confession; b. the hearing of confessions.
c. attrib. as shriving time; shriving pew, seat, stool, a confessional.

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