Category Archives: Christmas Special

Medieval Christmas Celebrations

by Dr Ruth Salter Feasting at King Arthur’s court, British Library MS Royal 20 D. iv. f.1r. It was Christmas at Camelot, and there was the king with his leading lords and all his best soldiers, the famous company of … Continue reading

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Inventing the English Christmas

by Dr Anne Lawrence-Mathers Did the Anglo-Saxons have a midwinter festival before the coming of Christianity and Christmas? Most of what is documented comes from the work of the Venerable Bede (c672-735). His references to pagan practices suggest distaste for … Continue reading

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Christmas under Cromwell

by Dr Rachel Foxley In modern Britain – in spite of what some of the papers sometimes say – you would have to look quite hard to find anyone who made no concessions at all to Christmas. Many people without … Continue reading

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Christmas 2015: A Pre-Modern Christmas

This year the Department of History’s seasonal theme is ‘A Pre-Modern Christmas’. The halls have been deced in the department and we have a caption competition for our students running at the moment.  The competiton is based on Pieter Bruegel … Continue reading

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what will the weather be like in 2015? ❄❄❄ A medieval method of forecasting from the Department of History at the University of Reading’s Seasonal Blog Series ❄❄❄ By Dr Anne Mathers Lawrence ❄❄❄ Modern weather forecasters may hesitate to … Continue reading

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