Judith Flanders at Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival

Thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, " "in the fourth century, the Pope was already " "warning that too many people were spending " "the day not in worship, but dancing and eating " "to excess. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson " "was nostalgically recalling the Christmas of the " "‘old days’, certain that they had been better then. " "Food, drink and nostalgia for Christmases past " "seem to be almost as old as the holiday itself, " "with other aspects of the celebrations newer " "than we might realise - wrapping-paper was " "unknown before the twentieth century. " "Christmas has been all things to all people: a " "religious festival, a family celebration, a period " "of eating and drinking. In this event acclaimed " "social historian and best-selling author Judith " "Flanders casts a revealing eye on the myths, " "legends and history of the season, from the " "origins of the holiday in the Roman empire to " "the emergence of Christmas trees in central " "Europe, to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.

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    Salon, York House

    Richmond Road Twickenham

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  • Event Start Date

    22/11/2017 7:00 PM

  • Event End Date

    22/11/2017 8:30 PM

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About Judith Flanders

Judith Flanders is the author of the bestselling The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed(2003); A Circle of Sisters (2001), which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award; the New York Timesbestselling The Invention of Murder (2001), shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-fiction; The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London (2012), shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year; and The Making of Home (2014). She is also the author of Christmas: A Biography (2017). In her copious leisure time, she also writes the Sam Clair series of comic crime novels.