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  • Published: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787330641
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $35.00

A Tudor Christmas




Allow Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke to guide you through a Tudor Christmas wonderland in this beautifully illustrated gift book

Christmas in Tudor times was a period of feasting, revelry and merrymaking ‘to drive the cold winter away’. A carnival atmosphere presided at court, with a twelve-day-long festival of entertainments, pageants, theatre productions and ‘disguisings’, when even the king and queen dressed up in costume to fool their courtiers. Throughout the festive season, all ranks of subjects were freed for a short time from everyday cares to indulge in eating, drinking, dancing and game-playing.

We might assume that our modern Christmas owes much to the Victorians. In fact, as Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke reveal in this fascinating book, many of our favourite Christmas traditions date back much further. Carol-singing, present-giving, mulled wine and mince pies were all just as popular in Tudor times, and even Father Christmas and roast turkey dinners have their origins in this period. The festival was so beloved by English people that Christmas traditions survived remarkably unchanged in this age of tumultuous religious upheaval.

Beautifully illustrated with original line drawings throughout, this enchanting compendium will fascinate anyone with an interest in Tudor life – and anyone who loves Christmas.

  • Pub date: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787330641
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Authors

Alison Weir

Alison Weir is one of Britain’s top-selling historians. She is the author of numerous works of history and historical fiction, specialising in the medieval and Tudor periods. Her bestselling history books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elizabeth of York and, most recently, The Lost Tudor Princess. Her novels include Innocent Traitor, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession. She is an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces. She is married with two adult children and lives and works in Surrey.

Siobhan Clarke

Siobhan Elizabeth Clarke has a BA in Modern History and has worked for Historic Royal Palaces for seventeen years, writing tours and lectures on Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and the Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace. She lectures abroad for several luxury cruise lines and, within the UK, for the National Trust and various arts and historical societies. Her specialist periods are Tudors and Stuarts and she has featured on BBC Radio Woman's Hour and PBS Television's Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace.


Praise for A Tudor Christmas

“[A] jewel of a book.”

Tracy Borman, BBC History Magazine, **Books of the Year**


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