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Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Online Lecture

Christmas Lies and Legends

Judith Flanders

Is Santa really Dutch? Were Christmas Trees introduced by Prince Albert? Was Christmas once a time of faith, rather than riotous feasting? 

In this lecture, social historian Judith Flanders considers Christmas myths and Christmas memory, and will explore how everything you think you know about Christmas is wrong. She looks at the long history of nostalgia for a different kind of Christmas, and whether Christmas ever really existed at all.


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Judith is a historian, journalist and author, who has settled in London, England. Her writings centre on the Victorian period. 

Flanders also writes as an arts critic, on books, dance, art, and recently video games. Her work has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement.

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