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The Invention of the English Christmas

John Storey

in Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748628087
eISBN:
9780748653065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748628087.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter takes the reader back to the 1840s, presenting a critical exploration of ‘The Invention of the English Christmas’ by the Victorian urban middle classes. Christmas was intended as both a ... More


Mummers' Play and Sword Dance

Ronald Hutton

in The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198205708
eISBN:
9780191676758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205708.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, British and Irish Early Modern History

Reginald Tiddy wrote the Mummers' Play, a ‘classic’ found all over southern England and the south Midlands, and performed in the Christmas season. Several elements of it were also present in plays ... More


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