'Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas'
(DVD / G / 2020 / PBS)
Overview: Lucy Worsley recreates how Christmas was celebrated during the age of Henry VIII - eating, drinking, singing, dancing and partying like people did 500 years ago.
On each of the traditional twelve days of Christmas, Lucy reveals a different aspect of the festivities - uncovering fresh insights into the Tudor mind and casting a captivating new light on Christmas itself.
DVD Verdict: Everyone knows “The 12 Days of Christmas” as one of the most beloved traditional carols of the holiday season.
However, what we may not know is how important those 12 days were to the celebration of Christmas centuries ago.
Lucy Worsley’s special takes us back further than the time when Prince Albert brought Christmas trees to Victorian England, to the court of King Henry VIII.
Indeed, right here, at Hampton Court, Worsley shows us what’s changed, and what hasn’t, about the way we celebrate Christmas.
With the help of food historian Annie Gray, Lucy Worsley actually gets to prepare two royal feasts in the kitchens of Hampton Court Palace.
Dressed as Henry himself, Lucy samples a stuffed boar's head; later, she tastes a giant forerunner of the Christmas cake.
Lucy joins Tudor carol-singers to hear a festive hit written by Henry; experiences the rabble-rousing fun and chaos created by the Lord of Misrule; and enjoys the kind of spectacular entertainment staged at court.
She also discovers how ordinary Tudors liked to enjoy themselves - and why the holidays were such a welcome break.
Personally, I'm a BIG fan of Lucy Worsley's documentaries, and found this one to be incredibly informative and highly entertaining. In this new documentary she explores how Christmas was celebrated during the reign of Henry VIII, and I personally liked that she focuses not only on the Royals, but also on the lower class of people.
Another very well done documentary, 'Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas' is Worsley at her best, making history fun and yet bringing us the "true" facts of the historical case too! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.