Friday, February 18th, 2022

In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis get all festive again and offer another Christmas special on the unexpected history of SHEPHERDS! Which is all about costume and social status, shepherd’s staves and the link with bishops’ croziers (hooked pastoral staffs of office), Christian pastoral care, and the German Reformation! It’s also all about Christmas carols in the eighteenth century, medieval mountain life, heresy and the Inquisition, and oral histories of post-WW2 nativities. Who knew!

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