The Hereford Boy Bishop of 2017
Brinsley Morrison, then 13, is a former cathedral chorister
Image: Hereford Times
The history of the custom and the story of various revivals of it can be read on Wikipedia at Boy bishop. This also has a good bibliography on the topic.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica website also has an account which can be seen at Boy bishop | medieval custom |
The website of The Tudor Society has an article about Boy Bishops at 6 December - The Boy Bishop Tradition
The New Liturgical Movement has a feature from 2016 on the tradition in England and Spain which can be seen at A Bit More About Boy-Bishops
In 2012 Neil Mackenzie published a book about the practice which I have not seen myself but about which there are details at The Medieval Boy Bishops - Troubador Book Publishing
The St Nicholas Center, which is a useful resource on all things connected with St Nicholas has a detailed account which can be viewed at Boy or Youth Bishops ::: St. Nicholas Center This includes a list of cathedrals and churches which have revived or established the custom in recent years.
This also contains links to various related sites:
- A Description of the Boy Bishop Ceremony at Salisbury Cathedral
- The Boy Bishop’s Visitation in York, 1396
- Medieval Practice and King Henry VIII & Queen Mary
- Medieval Boy Bishop Tokens
- Inventory Listings with Medieval English Boy Bishop Vestments
- St Nicholas in Old England
- A summary of the tradition in England
- Another summary
- Notices of the Office of Choristers at Magdalen College School, Oxford (PDF file, see pages 26, 28, 29)
- Two Medieval Boy Bishop Sermons - One preached at St. Paul’s, London, before 1496 and the other at Gloucester Cathedral in 1558.
The Boy Bishop’s Visitation of the Diocese of York in 1396 was a fairly extensive tour of the noble households within reasonable reach of York. It has a couple of typographical errors or misreading of personal or place names, giving ‘Koos’ for Roos, the family who owned Helmsley Castle and who were to be benefactors to the glazing of York Minster, and ‘Eipley’ for what I think must be Ripley and a visit to the Ingilbly family who are still in residence at the castle there.
St Nicholas Pray for all Boy Bishops and for us all.