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Rediscover the magic of Christmas with an exploration of the significance of the great midwinter festival and how it was celebrated in early England. Beginning with a look at the Old English calendar, which reveals how the pre-Christian year was structured, we shall consider how this calendar was transformed into the Christian year - how, for example, did Módra Niht (Mothers' Night) become Christmas Eve? We shall consider the question in the light of the archaeology of feasting, as well as medieval art and literature. 


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

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Course dates

27 Nov 2016

Course duration

1 day(s)

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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