Changing Times and English Calendars

I began researching this post with great intentions of writing up a piece about Lady Day and its importance as an English quarter day. But, while researching the topic, I ran into a more interesting topic—how the calendars of England and Continental Europe slipped out of sync with one another in the 17th century. Today we can take an airplane and leave Asia or Australia and arrive in the United States a day earlier, but imagine leaving on a ship off the coast of France and arriving in England eight or ten days earlier than when you’d left France. How amazing and how confusing at the same time that would be. Since Roman times, all of Western Europe had utilized the Julian calendar. That calen

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