A Tudor Christmas (live screening)

Lectures & discussions / Members' exclusive / 16 Dec 2019

Age: 16+

Event information

16 Dec 2019

18.30 - 20.00

Stevenson Lecture Theatre

British Museum, Great Russell Street,

London, WC1B 3DG


  • £10


Live screening of an exclusive lecture for Members.

We often assume that our modern Christmas owes much to the Victorians. In fact, as Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke reveal, many of our favourite Christmas traditions date back much further. Carol-singing, present-giving, mulled wine and mince pies were all just as popular in Tudor times, and even Father Christmas and roast turkey dinners stem from this period. The Tudor Christmas was a time of feasting, revelry and merrymaking, a 12-day-long festival, over which the Lord of Misrule held sway, and convention was thrown to the winds. Christmas was so beloved by English people that its traditions survived remarkably unchanged in this age of tumultuous religious upheaval.

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She has published 18 history books, including Elizabeth the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lady in the Tower and Elizabeth of York, and seven historical novels. Her latest biography is Queens of the Conquest, and her latest novel is Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen, the third in her Six Tudor Queens series.

For this event Alison will be joined by fellow historian, Siobhan Clarke, to present a lecture based on their book A Tudor Christmas. Siobhan is a Guide Lecturer for Historic Royal Palaces and her second book, The Tudors was published in 2019 by Carlton Books.

This lecture includes a complimentary drink and will be followed by a book signing.

Please note that this is a live relay screening of the lecture that will be taking place in the BP Lecture Theatre.

To book, call 020 7323 8195