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Christmas in the Stuart Era
Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:50 am
I would like to know if members would be so kind as to recommend books, videos (online or purchased) or even pictures that would help me understand how Christmas was celebrated in the Stuart era (I am of course referring to that point in history both "Old Ollie" banned Christmas) with particular reference to the 1620's (but don't mind going back as far as is possible)?
Re: Christmas in the Stuart Era
Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:38 am
For a late Elizabethan gentleman farmer's Christmas, look at Thomas Tusser's 500 Points of Good Husbandry. There are various modern editions but my favourite is that edited by Dorothy Hartley.
Stations of the Sun by Ronald Hutton is a very good summary of the evolution of Christmas, and other annual festivals.
Also by Ronald Hutton, The Rise and Fall of Merrie England gives the evolution of annual festivals, including Christmas, from late medieval onwards, giving you a context for the period you are particularly interested in.