Kim Newman. The story of ‘the first Noel’ is so steeped in violence that no film version of the Nativity has been able to cope with it.
One of the best things about Christmas is the sheer volume of films on the television schedule. I’m sure many, if not all of you, have by now bought the Christmas Radio Times, reached for your favourite highlighter pen and marked which films you want to watch, sky + or illegally download. As our blog …
A.Y. Jackson, Le Calvaire or Wayside Cross, Saint-Urbain, 1929, Oil on canvas, 53.3 x 66 cm, Private collection
Henry James left America for England in 1876 and stayed for the next three decades. Here, taken from his travel memoir English Hours, James describes a late-19th century Christmas spent in the North of England.
William Morris, Woodpecker, 1885*
Ralph Waldo Emerson visited England twice. The first unpublished in 1833, the second as a celebrated essayist in 1847. Here, from English Traits, Emerson gives his two-cents on The Times’ influence in Victorian society.
Patrick Montague. Chelmno was the first extermination camp established by the Nazi regime and the prototype of the single-purpose death camps of Treblinka, Sobibór, and Belzec. Within days of opening, the first attempts to escape occured.