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Lucy Worsley's Christmas Carol Odyssey (2019)

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In this festive treat featuring the Kingdom Choir and Hampton Court Choir, Lucy Worsley reveals that there's much more to our best-loved carols than meets the eye. She reveals how their stories add up to a special kind of history of Christmas itself. In the ancient past, the wassail, a pagan fertility ritual, gave us door-to-door carol singing. Wassailing was also an integral part of an older midwinter festival that was adopted by Christianity when it came to Britain, and was rebranded as 'Christmas'. Religion, however, soon turned its back on carols. They were far too frivolous for the Puritans, who wanted to ban Christmas altogether. French Catholics on the other hand didn't mind fun and frolics, and Lucy crosses the channel to learn a French renaissance jig, written by a dancing priest in the 16th century. The tune she dances to went on to become the carol Ding Dong Merrily on High in the 19th century.

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Critic Reviews for Lucy Worsley's Christmas Carol Odyssey

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Ms. Worsley is a charming debunker, among her other duties, and it's her style to put a wry spin on the doings of distant royalty.

December 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Things don't get much more festive than Lucy Worsley in crushed velvet.

December 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This combination of quirky facts, sentimental tales, courtly grandeur and light flirtation played to all her strengths. She was plainly having a lovely time and, when Professor Lucy [Worsley] is happy, entertaining telly follows naturally.

December 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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