2020 Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar

December 17: Christmas Carols

Today’s Advent Calendar treat is a musical one - some Christmas carols which the Tudors would have known and sung.


The Boar’s Head Carol dates back to the 15th century

The Coventry Carol dates back to the Coventry Mystery Plays of the 16th century and perhaps even earlier

And I do love the Pentatonix version of the Coventry Carol

Adam lay ybounden dates back to the 15th century

Make we joy now in this fest dates back to c.1450

Thomas Tallis’s “Puer natus mass”

The Gloucestershire Wassail dates back to the Middle Ages

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen is thought to date back to at least the 16th century

and the Pentatonix version