Is this the Shocking Origin of “Easter Eggs”?

By Mike Sutton


Searching through over 30 million documents that comprise Google’s mighty library project, the earliest currently discovererable use of the term ‘Easter egg/s’ is an old book:   Sanderson, W. (1656),  A compleat history of the lives and reigns of Maria queen of Scotland, and of her son James VI. Mosely, Tomlins, and Sawbridge. Ludgate Hill (p. 35)

Easter Egg Origins

1656. Is a report of rotten egg-chucking at a priest the origin of the term?

Once again, the revolutionary ID methods unearths something rather disturbing.

Is the published origin of the term Easter Eggs related to an horrendous punishment of a priest – tied to a cross in Scotland in 1565 to be  pelted with rotten eggs for hours – two days running? Further research gets us back to an earlier 1572 publication that tells the same story (see update) about the very same priest being “egged” in Edinburgh. Clearly more research is needed ,but it seems we have a tentative  “Rotten Easter Eggs Origin hypothesis” in need of further research.

In Britain, did Easter eggs have a very sinister beginning?

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