Henisch (1984) Cake and Characters: An English Christmas Tradition – A History of Christmas Cakes


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Henisch, Bridget. Cake and Characters: An English Christmas Tradition. (London: Prospect Books, 1984)

Octavo. 236 pages, illustrated. Hardcover in dust jacket. Bound in blue cloth-covered boards.

Condition: Near Fine/VG+. Minor edge-wear to DJ, slight schmutz on rear of DJ. Small bump on bottom of rear board.

Provenance: Purchased from author’s estate, however no indication of ownership

Describes the development, flowering, and decline of celebrations at Twelfth Day that involved an elaborately decorated cake and a lighthearted game of chance. This lost English custom flourished in the first part of the nineteenth century and was chronicled by Dickens, Thackeray, and others. Includes recipes.