Tudor Monastery Farm at Christmas

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Tom Pinfold and Peter Ginn turn the clock back 500 years to rediscover how the farms of Tudor England celebrated the twelve days of Christmas. The culmination of Christmas was marked by a frenzy of music, food and alcohol. Tudor life was hierarchical and strictly organized but, at Christmas, the rules were relaxed and the roles reversed.
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bostonteReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2018
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You should look into including the rest of this BBC ...
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You should look into including the rest of this BBC series (Tudor Monastery Farm) on Amazon Prime as well as the other BBC historical farm series.
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KatieReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2019
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Love this whole series. Tales from the Green Valley, Victorian Farm,Victorian Pharmacy, Edwardian Farm, War Time Farm,and the Tudor Farm. Please add these to Amazon movies and tv. Educational and funny.
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Kathleen O'ConnorReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2020
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Fabulous Window into Tudor Lifeways of the Twelve Days of Christmas
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I've always been fascinated by the lifeways of other times ,places and cultures , especially the food, dress, music, and symbolism of holidays (holy days) such as the cycle of Yule, the winter solstice. I learned how a Tudor kitchen worked and what people cooked for multiple feast days, how they made holiday clothing/ritual garments for that winter season, when they gathered the evergreens and made decoration from them bringing the living outdoors into the home, the development of early Christmas music/song and special instrument accompaniment, and how they wove the meaning of the twelve days of feasting and festivity. The other aspect of the documentary that I particularly appreciated was the attention to gender roles and social class in the preparation of the holiday (for ex. who worked and who didn't). The remnants of Christmas celebration that have come down to us in modern times are far more understandable/enjoyable when seen in this early historical context. Wassail!!!
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Forest NymphReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2020
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Somewhat Misleading
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I found this informative to a degree, but know enough about the Tudor period to understand that the sheer level of meat consumption is utterly exaggerated for the average person. They did mention the strict vegetarian fasting of Advent, as well as Christmas being the one time of year a person might eat this much meat, but ...the sheer amount of pork they used in this special was not just disgusting, but inaccurate if talking about the average Tudor peasant. This would have been more of a meal for aristocracy, land-owners. Telling is the brief mention of how it was "tradition" to give the poor....a big bowl of flour? Mmm, bread. Anyhow, if you do your own research you'll see that the average Tudor person was either mostly vegetarian or pescatarian (no meat except fish). Also, calling the monks "austere" for eating more poultry than mammal flesh was just so...typical. Of people who live in these animal-product crazed fantasy worlds about a fictional past that only really existed for the extremely wealthy and peerage types.
Bill SecorReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2018
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I really had no predisposition to like this. I have no particular interest in the history of the time period, but my daughter is an avid Anglophile so I gave it a shot. I was surprised at how plain entertaining this was. I know it's intented to be educational and informative which it is, but this is just fun to watch.
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biblioheadReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
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What a fun surprise
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Not only was it a lovely snapshot of how the 12 days of Christmas were celebrated in Tudor England but the participants seemed to be having so much fun, I truly just wanted to jump in and join them. I might just have to throw a 12th night party next year.
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NicoleReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2017
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Interesting, Educational, Entertaining
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A great documentary/recreation of how the Tudor generation spent the 12 days of Christmas!
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deborah LaurenReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
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Loved it.
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Thoroughly enjoyable. Many of our current Christmas traditions can be traced back to Tudor England. Happy Holidays!
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