Carols are the epitome of popular music - unlike hymns, their roots lie in simple folk songs. Absorbed in to the Church in the Middle Ages they later had a resurgence of popularity under the Victorians.Thus survived some of our oldest and loveliest carols. This fascinating guide traces the story of carols from early times through the ages. The music CD contains 21 favourites. Look out for more Pitkin Guides on the very best of British history, heritage and travel.