Uplandyshe Processions and Gangynges About

I love old English, and this complaint by Richard Taverner, an evangelical client of Cromwell, about the processions of Rogation tide is brilliant. He called them “these uplandyshe processions and gangynges about, which be spent in ryotyng and in belychere” during which “the banners and badges of the cross be so unreerently handled and abused that it is merveyle God destroye us not all in one daye.”

I guess he was wrong, as we are all still here.


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