Hi lovely Historical Romance Holiday Cookie hoppers! What’s better than cookies during the holidays? No matter what tradition you celebrate, we humans love to pair food with celebrations, and we’re darn good at it, too. Have you seen all the cookies the lovely participating authors have shared? *drools… Let’s have a good time collecting virtual cookies (not the cookies you have to accept when you visit a website, but actual, edible cookie recipes, lol), and learning tidbits of historical trivia about the holidays. We all, after all, share a love of history, which is why we read and/or write historical romance! See if you can spy my holiday cookie in the slideshow below, or at the bottom of the page, and read the short bit below about a Christmas tradition I find fascinating, one that I included in my latest book release, Twelfth Knight’s Bride!
Scroll down to find my cookie recipe, and read about the history of the Lord of Misrule Christmastide tradition! I always welcome and appreciate new followers. Please consider signing up for my newsletter here, or following me on social media: Facebook. BookBub. Twitter. Goodreads. Instagram.
Lord of Misrule – An Ancient Tradition
Have you heard of the Lord of Misrule? This fun and often rowdy tradition was commonly known to the British Isles, though it has likely been manifested in different parts of Europe dating back to Ancient Rome. A peasant or lower ranking person, perhaps a sub-deacon, was named the lord to preside over the winter festivities or Feast of Fools. In France, this tradition was known as the Prince de sots, in Scotland, the Abbot of Unreason, and if you’ve read Twelfth Knight’s Bride, you’re familiar with it! This often involved role reversal, where those with status served at the Lord of Misrule’s command, a master ordered about by his subservients to the delight of all (hopefully the master had a good sense of humor, too). Feasts and festivities were dominated by absurdness or mocking of prominent officials within the church or politics. The tradition was often banned, and then revived, depending on who controlled the monarchy at the time.
In Ancient Rome, the celebration of Saturnalia was a time of indulgence, feasting, and sometimes sacrifice to Saturn. Masters might wait on their slaves. People behaving badly were permitted to larger degrees. Vulgarity and mocking of both church and rulers was common. Soldiers might slacken their enforcement of the law. History references a more sordid tradition, too. There are historical sources indicating a lord or king of misrule was chosen from among the men to preside as a false king for 30 days, representing the excesses of people, at which point, they were then sacrificed to Saturn.
We’re more familiar with a master of revels, a jolly time when some debauchery and plenty of good fun were had, certainly not sacrifices! The Lord of Misrule prevailed for a long time during holiday feasting and merrymaking, as did the tradition of an Abbot of Unreason in Scotland. The church was not immune to being mocked. Enduring during the Medieval and prior to Henry VIII abolishing the practice, another related tradition involving boy bishops–boys selected from among young choristers–has been documented. These boy bishops were mock bishops, who satirized the real bishop. It has even been suggested that these boy bishops passed out token coins to the poor and the young, who could then trade them in for treats during alms.
For an interesting and informative website that details so much more of the festive tradition, visit English Heritage by clicking here. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this little tidbit about olden holiday traditions!
Christmas Cookie Recipe:
Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cookies! Look for these cookies in the elf image below! These have been a holiday favorite in my house since I was a little girl, and I’ve made them for my kids for over two decades now. So good, and so simple. You can use your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe or a peanut butter cookie mix. There is nothing difficult about making these cookies!
Instructions as follows:
- First, unwrap your mini reeses peanut butter cup candies and put in freezer to chill. This step is really important!
- Create peanut butter cookie batter according your recipe instructions. With a cookie scoop or spoon, dole out even amounts and roll into little balls.
- Place each ball of dough in an ungreased mini muffin tin, and bake according to the recipe you’re following.
- Remove from oven and immediately press frozen peanut butter cups within hot cookies.
- Let cool, remove cookies from muffin tin, and chill to solidify the peanut butter cups again—they will have melted by now.
- Serve! Yum! OMG they’re sooooo addictive, and a guaranteed hit for young and old!
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