I try to figure out what Christmas in the Middle Ages might have been like. There are truly only a handful of references. And I get two medieval scholars to help me.
Dr. Misty Schieberle, Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas. She teaches at the University of Kansas and specializes in late medieval literature and manuscript studies.
Dr. Scott T. Smith, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature. He teaches classes in early medieval literature, history of the English language, comics and graphic novels, and horror fiction at Penn State University.
We mention so many people and texts to follow up on. Here are the major ones in the order they came up:
(Totally cheating and using Wikipedia links, but I’ll update them with something better asap.)
- Bishop Eckbert
- King Alfred’s laws
- Anglo Saxon Chronicle
- Wren Day
- John Stowe
- Infancy Gospels and here’s a link to the Apocrypals episode about the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.
- Boy Bishop
- Advent lyrics
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
- York Corpus Christi plays
- Sloane Manuscript lyric – Virgin and Christ’s birth and/or annunciation (“came very still.”)
- Grettis saga
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