In May 1553 Jane was married to Lord Guildford Dudley, a younger son of Edward's chief minister, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. When the 15-year-old King lay dying in June 1553, he nominated Jane as successor to the Crown in his will, thus subverting the claims of his half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth under the Third Succession Act. During her short reign, Jane resided in the Tower of London. She became a prisoner there when the Privy Council decided to change sides and proclaim Mary as Queen on 19 July 1553.
So 'twas on a very chilly Tuesday morning that fbb set of from his friends house ...
The service 29 at 0938 was well filled, with standing passsengers, but, in typically British bus etiquette style, there were still six seats available at the back. fbb elbowed his way through the rugby scrum and had a comfortable ride to St Margarets bus station.
There is, however, a problem with bus stops in Groby which will feature in tomorrow's blog.
And one final moan for Arriva ...
Or is it?
Because you can come back FROM Markfield road all day on the hourly service.
The early mince pie was known by several names, including mutton pie, shrid pie and Christmas pie. Typically its ingredients were a mixture of minced meat, suet, a range of fruits, and exotic spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Served around Christmas, the savoury Christmas pie (as it became known) was associated with supposed Catholic "idolatry" and during the English Civil War was frowned on by the Puritan authorities because of its inherent lavishness. Its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them recipes containing the then revolutionary mixture of meat, fruit and rich spices from the East.
Nevertheless, the tradition of eating Christmas pies in December continued through to the Victorian era, although their recipe had become sweeter and their size reduced markedly from the large oblong shape once observed. The occasionally-quoted theory that the pies were an echo of the Crib of Jesus has no basis in history. They were just good to eat and part of the whole season of celebration.
Of course it is well known that Mrs fbb's traditional mince pies are the richest and best in the whole wide world.
A apposite thought as we spend, spend, spend at CHRISTmas; and a telling comment on today's economic ills?