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Christmas 2016: Indulgent Georgian Drinking (Chocolate Wine)

by Dr Ruth Salter There are many indulgent foods that are synonymous with Christmas today, but two of the key ones must surely be chocolate and alcohol.  True, the turkey and its trimmings are Christmas classics, but it’s those festive … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016: The History of the Humble Mince Pie

by Prof Helen Parish Some 400 million mince pies are consumed in the UK every year. A large number of them are left at the foot of chimneys around the world in anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus, but … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016: Twelfth Cake

by Prof Anne Lawrence Twelfth Night: or King and Queen’ by the early-modern poet, Robert Herrick begins: Now, now the mirth comes With the cake full of plums, Where bean’s the king of the sport here; Beside we must know, … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016: Giving at Christmas Time

by Harriet Mahood The traditions of giving to the less fortunate is alive and well today and many of us will receive leaflets about Christmas charity campaigns through our doors this festive, and witness charity fundraising events whilst out and … Continue reading

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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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