[Not located], Midlands
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."
George Richardson (Auth.)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: Old Lincolnshire "Plough Boys" [Play]
The concluding part of the play text in G.Richardson (1925a). It also
mentions a Fool Plough being dragged around by Plough Bullocks and a collection
being taken by Bessy in some parts of the Midlands. Another woodcut is
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