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A Day in the Life of the Anglo-Saxons

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A Day in the Life of the Anglo Saxon

By Ron Haucke, John Hayes, Chase Holden and Tyler Ittel

Anglo-Saxon Religion
Anglo-Saxon Clothing
Most important festival was Modraniht, "Mother Night"
Held on December 25th
Celebrated with Yule Logs, Evergreen leaf decorations and a Feast centered around a boar's head.
Chief Gods
Woden- King of the Gods
Thor- God of Thunder
Tiw- God of War
Freya-God of Love
Germanic Paganism
Converted by Continental Missionaries in the 6th to 8th Centuries A.D.
Men's Clothing
Traditionally wore clothes similar to
adults, just in smaller sizes.
Women's Clothing
Mostly wool or linen.
Could also be made of hemp and nettles.
Higher class clothing made of silk.
Main metals used- Bronze, Silver, Gold
Decorated with garnets, glass, and white shells.
Consisted of rings, necklaces, belt buckles, and
what they called girdle hangers.
Long sleeve, hip length undershirts
Trousers help up with a belt adorned with
a decorative buckle and strap end
Pouches, knives, and other accessories or tools
held off the belt
Wore shoes and socks
Under-dress with long sleeves that we fastened
with a clasp or string. The dress had a draw string
Peplos- the outer-dress that was made out of a
a tube like material
Belts similar to males in that it held accessories and
Wore shawls and cloaks

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Diet of Anglo-Saxon
Ate what they raised
Fruit such as apples and cherries
Veggies such as cabage, beans, parsley
Wheat and rye for bread
Meat was seldom eaten unless it was a special meal
If eaten meat was slow roasted

Griddle cakes
Spelt flour
Sugar and/or honey
Rolled oats
Dried fruit
Milk or water
the ingredients aren’t weigh, go by what looks right.

First put 1 part butter, 1 part sugar and 2 parts flour into a mixing bowl or trough. Add a blob
of honey.
Rub in until you get even breadcrumbs (like when you make pastry). Add extra
flour/butter as needed. Add a little milk or water to bind into a dough - not too much or it will
become sticky.
Knead briefly. Add as many oats and dried fruit as you like and knead into the
Take small balls of the dough and flatten into rounds (3-4 mm thick). Melt some butter
on a griddle or in a flat pan, and drop the cakes in.
Turn every 30 seconds - 1 minute until
both sides are nicely browned. Eat while still hot!
Lords were expected to entertain their followers with feasts.
Roasted pigs and mead were provided.
Followers would enjoy eating, dancing, and listening to traveling Bards, who would play and instrument such as a lyre or a harp while telling stories and poems.
People often entertained themselves and others with riddles.
They would write riddles using runes, which they believed had magical powers.
My home is not quiet but I am not loud.
The lord has meant us to journey together.
I am faster than he and sometimes stronger,
But he keeps on going for longer.
Sometimes I rest but he runs on.
For as long as I am alive I live in him.
If we part from one another
It is I who will die
Gambling was one of the most popular pastimes.
Games included: Nine Man's Morris, Backgammon, Fox and Geese, and
Circles dances were common at parties.
Warriors would perform acrobatic dances while naked and wielding weapons.
Men enjoyed wrestling, lifting rocks, and horse racing.
Tests of agility and endurance such as: rock climbing, running with boulders, and swimming.
They also played ball games, whose modern equivalents would include hockey, baseball, and cricket.
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Incorporated pagan traditions such as the yule log.
Views on Life
Had extremely bleak outlook on life.
Life revolves around dedication to one's lord.
Strong Belief in Fate or "wyrd".
Strong sense of Honor and Duty
Death and Funerary Practices
During Pre-Christian times, cremation on funeral pyre was a popular way of being laid to rest. Often, the dead were buried with their prized possessions such as swords, and gold. Later, the dead were buried in barrows and cemeteries like other Germanic Christians.
No belief in the afterlife before the Christianization of the people. Later, the Anglo-Saxons adopted mainstream Christian beliefs in the afterlife.
Anglo-Saxon men would propose with a dowry of weapons and livestock.
If the proposal is accepted, the woman would return the dowry to her husband.
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