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Thanks, Rose

Related image I met Rose Levy Beranbaum years ago and ever since, whenever I’ve needed an answer to a baking question, she never hesitated to answer promptly. Rose is one busy woman as you can see just by browsing her site. Rose reminds me of Julia Child, another generous professional whose goal was to share her abundant talents and to teach in a way that made sense. That’s what Rose does, and her many books reflect that.

So thanks, Rose, for being “you”.



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  1. Audrey Ahmann

    Hello! Good morning and Merry Christmas! Please tell Rose that the story of Catholic persecution and the Twelve Days of Christmas is a myth. It’s not only untrue, its a little bit bad because it implies that Catholic laity were persecuted in England, when in fact, sadly, I believe it was only clergy that were persecuted, for the most part.

    BUT the fun we can have using the 12 Days song in the way she described is still valid-only the story of it being a mnemonic device is false and probably should not be perpetuated.

    Many blessings your way,

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      Hi, Audrey,
      Thank you for your input about the 12 days of Christmas legend. Yes, that’s why we call it a legend. I checked with my colleague and Bible “expert” (my name for him, not his) Matt Swaim, and here’s what he said – interesting information from both you, and Matt.
      Merry Christmas!


      It’s true that most of the martyrs from that era were clergy, but there were a few laity in the mix as well, usually men and women accused of harboring priests. Of course, persecution can take many forms – under Queen Elizabeth’s Act of Uniformity, not attending Church of England services at one point got you a fine of twenty pounds! And the penalty for not paying the fine was imprisonment. So all Catholics in England, at least under Elizabeth, were under pressure by the crown!

      Here’s a video by Joseph Pearce where he describes the situation of Recusants (Catholics who tried to retain their worship), and makes the case that William Shakespeare’s family might have been privately Catholic: https://chnetwork.org/deep-in-history/recusants-joseph-pearce/

      As you mentioned on the air, the legend of the Twelve Days is just that- a legend.


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