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Putting “Christ” back in Christmas, 13th cent.

Christmas was always a somewhat troubling holiday for really devout believers. Its syncretist roots were quite plain from the start and in the beginning some of the newly-converted might have been aware of things like the religious meaning of mistletoe … Continue reading

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Medieval Christmas games

After a feast, when the food scraps and dishes were cleared away, it was time for games and dancing. Here’s where we have to admit that medieval games were a bit lame. It’s much nicer to explain that while we … Continue reading

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Life of a minstrel

For a medieval minstrel, this season, Lent, was the most critical time of year. During Lent, all entertainment stopped. But far from having nothing to do, minstrels spent these weeks at giant conventions, learning new material. They were the only … Continue reading

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