No Christmas under Cromwell? The Puritan assault on Christmas during the 1640s and 1650s
Mark Stoyle investigates popular resistance to the Puritan assault on Christmas during the 1640s and 1650s
As the year 1645 limped towards its weary close, a war-torn England shivered beneath a thick blanket of snow. A few months earlier, parliament’s New Model Army, led by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, had routed the forces of Charles I at the battle of Naseby. Although that defeat had struck the king’s cause a mortal blow, the royalists still refused to surrender, and the bloody Civil War which had divided the country ever since 1642 continued to rage.