Queek/queak is a strange word, with at least three very different meanings of which I am aware. Since the early 18th century, queak has meant a high-pitched squeak or screech, such as the call of a bird or squeal of a pig. On the other hand, Queek Headtaker is “the legendary and much-feared Lord of… Continue reading Fancy a little shot at queek….?
According to Christmas: Its Origin and Associations by William Francis Dawson, playing cards was prohibited by a statue passed in the reign of Henry VII. The old kill-joy! Or maybe it was in defence of the royal purse, it being known that his queen, Elizabeth of York, was rather over-fond of gambling. Henry paid her… Continue reading Henry VII banned card-playing, except at Christmas….
UPDATED POST AT sparkypus.com A Medieval Potpourri https://sparkypus.com/2020/07/19/was-henry-vii-mean-his-funeral-and-other-expenses/ Effigies of Henry Vll and Elizabeth of York by Torrigiano Henry died on 21 April 1509. Henry has come down through history as something of a miser, a tightwad. Whether this is undeserved or otherwise , I do not know, although his Privy Purse Expenses make very… Continue reading Was Henry Vll mean? His funeral – and other – Expenses.