Maundy money as such started in the reign of Charles II with an undated issue of hammered coins in 1662. The coins were a fourpenny, threepenny, twopenny and one penny piece but it was not until 1670 that a dated set of all four coins appeared. Prior to this, ordinary coinage was used for Maundy gifts, silver pennies alone being used by the Tudors and Stuarts for the ceremony.
Pskov School of iconography Maundy Thursday (Jesus washes the feet of the Disciples) Russia (c. 1300s) tempera on wood panel One of the oft-used methods of erasure of people of color among western art historians is to claim, especially of older religious icons, that the dark skin of the biblical figures is due to age, smoke, or wear and tear. This flies in the face of logic once you consider that, as in the image above of Jesus and his disciples, the white cloth and the highlights of cloth…
Queen Elizabeth II greets parishioners as she leaves Blackburn Cathedral after attending the Royal Maundy Service on April 2014 in Blackburn, England. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
In England on Maundy Thursday. In England, the custom of washing feet by the Monarch was carried out until 1689. King or Queen would wash the feet of the poor however, note that the feet were first washed by Yeoman of the Laundry before the monarch had to wash them and kiss them. Food and clothing were also handed out to the poor.Today, the Queen follows a very traditional role of giving Maundy Money to pensioners. The tradition of giving money to the poor started with Edward Ist.