Did Oliver Cromwell ban Christmas?

Many controversies swirl around the legacy of Oliver Cromwell and over the centuries it has become increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction.

Consequently at this time of the year, one of the most popular searches on Google is “Did Oliver Cromwell really ban Christmas?”.

To help us get to an authoritative response, publisher, Mike Gibbs, put this question to the eminent parliamentary historian, Dr. Stephen Roberts.

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Did Oliver Cromwell ban Christmas?
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The World Turned Upside Down - The British Civil Wars 1638-1651
The World Turned Upside Down - The British Civil Wars 1638-1651
Did Oliver Cromwell ban Christmas?
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Stephen K. Roberts

Stephen K. Roberts

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society and the Learned Society of Wales

Stephen K. Roberts has deep roots in and around Bridgend, Glamorgan, and was educated there and at the Universities of Sussex, Exeter and London. His doctoral thesis…

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