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From Yuletide to Nativity Christmas in Early England

The Nativity from the Front Panel of the Franks' Casket [British Museum]

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 16th December 2006

We begin the day with a look at the Old English calendar, which reveals how the pre-Christian year was structured. We shall then consider how this calendar was transformed into the Christian year – how, for example, did Módra Niht, “Mothers’ Night” become Christmas Eve? We shall also consider some of the ways in which the feast of Yuletide and the legend of the Nativity came to be celebrated in England, using examples from Anglo-Saxon art and from Old and Middle English literature.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Old English Calendar  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The Old English Yuletide  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 What has Ingeld to do with Christ?  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Christmas at Camelot –Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D in 1991 and published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993. Since then he has been lecturing and writing as an independent scholar in Early Medieval Studies. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003. He is also now a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Anderson, E.R., “The Seasons of the Year in Old English”Anglo-Saxon England 26 (1997), pp.321-263.
Barron, W.R.J. (ed. & tr.), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: text and facing translation (Manchester 1974).
Bengtsson, Frans G., The Long Ships, trans. M.Meyer (London 1954, 1956).
Harrison, K., The Framework of Anglo-Saxon History to AD900 (Cambridge 1976), pp.1-14.
Hutton, R., The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain (Oxford 1996).
Mitchell, B., An Invitation to Old English and Anglo-Saxon England (Blackwell 1994).
Tolkien, J.R.R. (tr), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Sir Orfeo, ed. C.Tolkien (Unwin 1975).

Bookings

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