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According to Sophie, alba amicorum were used to establish and solidify personal and professional relationships of Northern European youngsters of nobility as early as 1560. They were also used to share favorite songs, reveal crushes, offer advice, share opinions, and offer comments on other people’s entries – sound familiar?  tumblr_n4r1ktLqOA1r4litgo1_1280

eloybida: “ Liber amicorum de M. van Meer, écrit entre 1613 et 1648 ”

Sixteenth Century Lawn Bowling-Henry VIII set up an alley at White Hall Palace. However, he banned the game for those who were not wealthy or "well to do" because "Bowyers, Fletchers, Stringers and Arrowhead makers" were spending more time at recreational events such as bowls instead of practising their trade".

Woodcut of lawn bowling - century - Scanned from English Life in Tudor Times by Roger Hart, NT: Putnam, SBN 853401608 Author Unknown

skittling women motif (variant) from Jo. Hensel's album amicorum, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen, Ms Thott 377, image 105 (1628). French caption reads: "La fortune fauorable a mes desirs" [may Fortune favour my desires/ Fortune favours my desires]

skittling women motif (variant) from Jo. Hensel's album amicorum, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen, Ms Thott image 105 French caption reads: "La fortune fauorable a mes desirs" [may Fortune favour my desires/ Fortune favours my desires]

A detail from ‘Children’s Games’ showing kucklebones being played (1560 AD) and the kucklebones from Harborough Market church (© Leicestershire County Council)

A detail from ‘Children’s Games’ showing kucklebones being played AD) and the kucklebones from Harborough Market church (© Leicestershire County Council)

print engraved by the Monogrammist BKGF dated 1590 -- basis for de Bry's emblem. via British Museum website

women sieving and fishing for suitors - print engraved by the Monogrammist BKGF dated 1590 -- basis for de Bry's emblem. via British Museum website

Johan Jacob Firnhaber's album amicorum (1614), from Uppsala University Library's Waller collection - ms Y 50 k

Johan Jacob Firnhaber's album amicorum from Uppsala University Library's Waller collection - ms Y 50 k

Water tilting (jousting on water) in Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 264

Water tilting (jousting on water) in Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 264 - youth

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It's About Time: Advent Traditions - England Medieval "Dolls" or perhaps puppets representing Baby Jesus & Mary

From lighting a real candle on the branch of an indoor Christmas tree, to a well-dressed family singing carols on a stairwell in the home, t...

From lighting a real candle on the branch of an indoor Christmas tree, to a well-dressed family singing carols on a stairwell in the home, t.

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