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Christmas in the Middle Ages

This feature looks at the origins of Christmas and how it was celebrated in the Middle Ages.  It includes links to articles related to this topic. Origins Many ancient religions held great importance for the phenomenon of the winter solstice, … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls – where do halls originate?

“Deck the Halls”  is a Victorian favourite but the refraining Fa la la-ing goes back to earlier ballad forms.  It may even be medieval in origin. My interest isn’t in the origin of the tune or even in the boughs … Continue reading

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Medieval Christmas AD 336 – c. 1400

Was the medieval Christmas primarily a religious feast? Or a boisterous folk-festival? The answer is probably both! Nativity from Sarcophagos, Circa 330-335 Palazzo Massimo, Rome © Richard Stracke CCBY The roots of the celebration of Christmas are probably too complicated … Continue reading

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Star Wars and the Middle Ages

As someone who was just three years old when the first Star Wars film was released in 1977, I am of the generation that is the most influenced by the imagery and ideas of stormtroopers, X-Wing Fighters, and ‘The Force’. … Continue reading

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Hanukkah in the Middle Ages

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by Judah Maccabee and his followers after the Maccabean Revolt against Greek rule around 160 BC. The festival, which … Continue reading

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A calendar page for December 2017

  Happy last month of 2017, dear readers! It’s hard to believe the year is nearly over — and we’re a bit sad to be leaving behind the fabulous characters in the calendar of Add MS 36684! As always, if … Continue reading

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The History of the Werewolf Legend

  Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, are legendary shape-shifting humans. As the name suggests, the shape these creatures take on is that of a wolf. The history of the werewolf legend has sprung up independently or spread to virtually every … Continue reading

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