BC: The End.
FC: Anglo-Saxon Entertainment By: Lauren Taylor
1: Anglo-Saxon Free Time and Entertainment
2: Anglo-Saxons had many tasks that they had to complete everyday that were essential for sustaining life. Although there were many chores to attain daily there was always downtime, and the Anglo-Saxons had many different ways of approaching it.
3: There were four different types of entertainment for the Anglo-Saxons, sports, games, music and storytelling, and miscellaneous things.
4: SPORTS -Swimming was a favorite for the Anglo-Saxons, both to compete and to watch, and it was said to be completely fair to try and drown opponents. -Anglo-Saxons held competitions in running, jumping, skiing, skating, and horse racing. -Tests of physical strength and endurance were a way of showing your power. -Many of these competitions ended in broken limbs and often in fatalities.
5: -Free men would train with weapons -Hunting, fishing, rowing, and sailing were pastimes for free men
6: GAMES -"Knatteleik" was a popular game played which was a rough form of hockey. -Most games involved the use of balls which were usually made of wood or leather. -Rules for most games weren't set in stone, but usually consisted of players defending themselves with wooden bats.
7: -Many different board games were played which have been modified for today's versions such as "backgammon" and "fox and geese". -Another popular game that was played was called "knuckle bones" which is now known as jacks.
8: MUSIC/STORYTELLING -Often times the Anglo-Saxons used music as another way of storytelling. -Anglo-Saxons often accompanied music with the telling of stories. -Generally stories were passed down by word of mouth and were rarely written down.
10: MISCELLANEOUS -Other pastimes for the Anglo-Saxons included whittling wood, and carving and decorating bone. -Wealthier women did embroidery on large wall coverings. -Many warriors practiced juggling with sharp knives.
11: Anglo-Saxons were very prosperous, busy people who had many different interests. Whether it was wrestling and swimming or sewing and singing they all were able to find something that they enjoyed.