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Jane Austin's Christmas Dr Claire Walsh Wednesday 12 December 2018

Before the Victorians reinvented it the traditional Christmas was a very different affair. Jane Austin set many scenes from her novels during the Christmas period for the good reason that this was a time for social gatherings - for balls, parties, dinners, games, traditions and celebrations that filled the season. Novels, letters, paintings and engravings bring the Georgian Christmas to life.