The origins of the Gregorian Calendar or “Inter Gravissimas, or Why the Pope is Never Late for Tea.”

From The Library of Congress’ Blog, Rare Books Curator Nathan Dorn has a fascinating article:

Pope Gregory XIII (1502-1585) was responsible for overseeing the creation of the Gregorian Calendar.

King Canute may have failed to stop the rising of the tide when he commanded the sea to halt, but Pope Gregory XIII was able to decree the annulment of time itself; or to be more specific, he declared the erasure of 10 days in October of 1582, and he pulled it off in such a way that most of the world eventually accepted their disappearance (though not without some grumbling).

Read it all here.

About Barbara Dillon Hillas

Mother of global nomads; wife of diplomat; peripatetic lawyer; annotator of foreign service life, rule of law, culture, travel, & whatever strikes my fancy.
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