December 19, 2012
When you’ve been blogging for a while, you realise that there are very few subjects left uncovered and there are experts in everything (…and some who specialise in opinion, perhaps…). Anyway, here’s a round-up of festive posts for your reading delight.
Copyright D McIlmoyle
For a summary of the ancient origins of Christmas and midwinter customs, you could visit my post or pop over to Medievalists for their very thorough summary of Christmas in the Middle Ages.
One of my favourite blogs which seems to get nowhere near the coverage it should is Ferrebeekeeper. Here you will find
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December 14, 2012
‘The comedians, of which there are many companies, parade the streets, and ask at almost every door if the mummers are wanted. They are dressed in the most grotesque fashion; their heads adorned with high paper caps, gilt and spangled, and their bodies with ribbons of various colours, while St. George and the prince are armed with ten swords. The mysterie ends with a song… I am satisfied you will join me, in surprise, that for so great a number of years, such a mass of indecent vulgarity as “Alexander and the King of Egypt” should be used without alteration.’
The doctor revives the patient – Mummer’s play
(Letter from William Hone of Whitehaven to The Every Day Book; dated 4th September 1826.)
‘On the eve of the 25th, a party of mummers, dressed in most fantastic costume… were admitted to the
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