Yule and the spread of Christianity in medieval Norway

The Saga of Olaf Kyrre (in the Old Norse Heimskringla cycle) has an interesting account of king Haakon I’s(920-961) attempt to impose Christianity in Norway. In chapter 15, we find out that… “King Hakon was a good Christian when he came to Norway; but as the whole country was heathen, with much heathenish sacrifice, and as many … Continue reading Yule and the spread of Christianity in medieval Norway

Yuletide and Wassailing

The 8th century Anglo-Saxon historian Bede wrote that in pre-Christian England ‘The first month, which the Latins call January, is [called] Giuli’; February is called Solmonath; March Hrethmonath; April, Eosturmonath; May, Thrimilchi; June, Litha; July, also Litha; August, Weodmonath; September, Halegmonath; October, Winter¢lleth; November, Blodmo- nath; December, Giuli, the same name by which January is … Continue reading Yuletide and Wassailing