One of my favorite parts of creating art is diving down rabbit-holes of research: about the historical development of the liturgical calendar, the folklore & plantlore entwined with its celebrations, and the spiritual reflections on what these heritage traditions mean to us in our modern lives.

I’ve gathered a growing library of reference materials over the years, and I hope that some of these books will be helpful jumping-off points for your own exploration!

If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, a wonderful way to get to experience the historical liturgical calendar is to visit Camlann Medieval Village – a living history museum portraying rural England in 1376, featuring monthly feasts and festivals that follow the Medieval liturgical calendar.

Liturgical Calendar

Another great way to experience the history of the liturgical calendar is through the BBC series Tudor Monastery Farm, in which historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold turn the clock back 500 years to the early Tudor period to become tenant farmers on monastery land. The liturgical calendar was seamlessly woven into daily life at this time, and the BBC series beautifully illustrates that.

Liturgical Plantlore & Folklore