Historical Society : A 17th Century Christmas

Tim Healey on: ‘A 17th Century Christmas’

The talk presents a vibrant portrait of Christmas in a turbulent age, describing Lords of Misrule, Twelfth Night revels, wassails, Boar’s Head feasts, frost fairs on the frozen Thames – and the Puritan ban on Christmas itself.

Bring in the Boar’s Head [Illustrated London News]


A freelance writer and broadcaster, Tim Healey has presented many programmes on BBC 3 and BBC 4. He is also director of the 17th-century costume band, the Oxford Waits. In researching material for the band’s Christmas shows he acquired a lasting fascination with the subject.

Looking forward:

22nd January 2020: short AGM and talk by David Miles on ‘The Land of the White Horse’.

Please do attend the AGM, as it is an opportunity for feedback and sharing ideas about future talks, research and outings, and for you to stand for the Committee.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.

Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

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