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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everybody! www.localhistories.org/christmas 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Boudicca

Boudicca was a hero in British history. In 60 AD the Iceni tribe of East Anglia rebelled. At first the Romans allowed them to keep their kings and have some autonomy. However in c. 50 AD the Romans were fighting in Wales and they were afraid the Iceni might stab them in the back. They ordered the Iceni to disarm, which provoked a rebellion. However the Romans easily crushed it. In the ensuing years the Romans alienated the Iceni by imposing heavy taxes. Then, when the king of the Iceni died he left his kingdom partly to his wife, Boudicca and partly to Emperor Nero Soon, however Nero wanted the kingdom all for himself. His men treated the Iceni very high-handedly and they provoked rebellion. This time a large part of the Roman army was fighting in Wales and the rebellion was, at first, successful. Led by Boudicca the Celts burned ColchesterSt Albans and London. However the Romans rushed forces to deal with the rebellion. Although the Romans were outnumbered their discipline and tactics gave them victory.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas food

Puddings used to be meat based (even Xmas pud!). Brussel sprouts were not popular in England till the 17th century. Turkey at Xmas was not common till the 19th century. www.localhistories.org/desserts 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to all our readers www.localhistories.org/christmas

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Santa Claus

Our modern image of Santa Claus was created by American artist Thomas Nash in 1862 www.localhistories.org/christmas