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The Birth of John the Baptist

When I was teaching history we used to go every year with 200 11-12 year olds to a Tudor manor house in Suffolk called Kentwell. It was in the parish of Long Melford and for a month in the summer they reconstructed a particular year of Tudor history. We, both staff and students, had to dress up as peasants before we left Bromley on the longish coach journey and, once there, we mingled with the gentry, all speaking 16th century English, as we went around the house and grounds. One of the things I remember best was a small room near the kitchen where special sweetmeats were created out of marzipan or marchpane as it was called then and because we usually went on or near today’s date we ofte