Nottinghamshire Weekly Express (1888)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES 781: CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS IN THE MIDLANDS
*Nottinghamshire Weekly Express,
Article about various Christmas customs including the following section:
"Of the rest my notice must be brief. The mummers were wandering actors
who gave public performances of boisterous tomfoolery and rude masquerading
at this season of the year. The custom may also be traced back to Saturnalia.
For a long time it existed under priestly check under the guise of 'mystery'
and 'miracle plays', though largely shorn 'for this occasion only' of
the religious element which was usually imparted to these plays. They
were often repressed by the authorities as they were sometimes used as
a convenient cloak for wreaking vengeance by means of assassination and
other injuries upon private enemies."
Play; Mystery Plays; Miracle Plays; Christmas; Mummers; Saturnalia
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00178;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.1, pp.30
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Last Updated Oct 2004 by Idwal Jones.