Childermas: In Medieval England, Children Were Beaten On December 28

The Massacre of the Innocents at Bethlehem by Matteo di Giovanni, depicting the biblical massacre of infants on that day. (Wikipedia)

While the days of knights, peasants, and castles grow in popularity on Netflix, the people of medieval Europe weren't nearly as excited about their living situation. Disease, injustice, and crushing brutality were simply a way of life, even for those who couldn't begin to pronounce any of those words. Every year on December 28, in a tradition known alternately as Childermas and the Feast of the Holy Innocents or Innocents' Day, children were beaten in commemoration of an even more violent event.