When Christmas was cancelled: what 1647’s riots and rebellion can teach us today

Back in 1647, Christmas was banned in the kingdoms of England (which at the time included Wales), Scotland and Ireland and it didn’t work out very well. Following a total ban on everything festive, from decorations to gatherings, rebellions broke out across the country. While some activity took the form of hanging holly in defiance, other action was …

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Playing the “what if” game with the Romanov family | Eagle-Eyed Editor

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The Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Wow. Image courtesy of hotblack, Morguefile.

What IS it about the Romanov family that keeps me going back to books about them?

I just finished reading Candace Fleming’s book, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperialist Russia. It’s an enjoyable read, especially for those of you who are history lovers, or in particular, Russian history lovers.

Apart from the main storyline about the Romanov family, the story of their lives, and their tragic end, Fleming inserts anecdotes from average people in different chapters. These anecdotes from Russians and non-Russians help you understand what real-world life was like for ordinary people of the time, and you see the immense contrast between…

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