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Illuminating the medieval Nativity

One of the British Library’s newly digitised manuscripts is well worth a look this Christmas-time (Cotton MS Caligula A VII/1). It was made somewhere in North-East France or Flanders in the 12th century, and it contains eight sumptuous scenes from … Continue reading

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The Tudor Christmas of 1487

Although Christmas traditions in the UK appear set in stone, for example the tree, the songs and the food, it’s very much been an evolving process since the earliest days we started marking the birth of Jesus Christ. The way … Continue reading

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Nails, needles, chains and angels: the pain and joy of ‘In dulci jubilo’

Woodcut self-portrait by Heinrich Suso (Inkunabel K. 7, Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg), c. 1365. In dulci jubilo is one of the most recognisable and joyful melodies of the middle ages, but it carries one of the most shocking … Continue reading

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Medieval Christmas at the Tower of London

At the Tower of London this festive season we partied like it was 1284! Heres a selection of the medieval merriment that was on offer including carols, soldiers songs, an exquisite feast and a personal greeting from a nun and … Continue reading

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Seven Medieval Christmas Traditions

Christmas was an important time throughout medieval Europe, and many traditions developed during this period, some of which are still popular. Here are seven things you might see during Christmas in the Middle Ages, which range from cribs in Italy … Continue reading

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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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