The Parish Churches of Ranworth with Panxworth,
South Walsham, Upton and Woodbastwick

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The nativity of Mary

The Nativity of Mary from the Antiphoner

September 8th has been observed for centuries as the birthday of Mary, the mother of Jesus. This miniature shows a bare breasted St Anne, Mary’s mother, in a Tudor style bed being attended by a midwife in contemporary dress. Notice how the baby is tightly swaddled in bands of cloth and how it was the fashion to wear a nightcap in bed.

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