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OFF TO DISTRIBUTE THE MAUNDY MONEY AT WESTMINSTER

OFF TO DISTRIBUTE THE MAUNDY MONEY AT WESTMINSTER

On Maundy Thursday specially minted money is still given to the poor, but the ceremony has become modified since medieval days when not only were alms distributed but the sovereign also washed his subjects' feet. Thus it is recorded that Queen Elizabeth bathed the feet of no less than thirty-nine poor men at Greenwich-taking the precaution of having them first washed by the yeomen of the laundry then by the sub-almoner and once again by the almoner. Here we see the procession leaving Dean's Court at Westminster Abbey.

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EXAMINING MAUNDY MONEY

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