S: Jake Banker
FC: How to entertain anglo-Saxons during their Free time
1: How to entertain Anglo-Saxons during their free time Created by: Jake Banker 2010
2: Much like today, Anglo Saxons enjoyed leisure and having free time to do as they pleased From playing board games to heavy drinking, the Saxons knew how to have an enjoyable time.
3: In early middle ages, music was a cherished part of the quadrivium, or the four sciences. | The three types of music Anglo Saxons listened to was: Musica Mundana, Musica Humana, and Musica Instrumentalis | Music held a unique position for the Anglo-Saxons. It was considered entertainment, a danger, a tool, and a weapon
4: Often at a feast, all of the guests sang one after another to provide entertainment At feasts the most common entertainment was the harp, also used in church music Feasting was also a popular pastime.
5: They had several other types of instruments they played, including the bagpipes and the lyre. There were minstrels who played and sang. As well as the good music, Saxons loved to play and dance together.
6: When the Anglo-Saxons were not fighting, their favorite pastimes of the dark ages were dice and board games. They also played a board game called tafl, which was made from animal bones and horse teeth.
7: Anglo Saxons always made time for folk to participate in games, challenges, and tests of skill. | Hunting, falconry, fishing, rowing, and sailing were all considered suitable pastimes for a freeman or noble | These sorts of entertainment all took place at festivals where everyone gathered to play, similar to a renaissance festival.
8: Swimming was a popular sport for Anglo-Saxons to compete in and watch. They were very competitive. Some were said to have competed in swimming events while wearing the armor. Competitions of underwater endurance were also held.
9: Bibliography -Anglo-Saxon Culture-an outline guide -Pastimes of the Viking & Anglo-Saxon Age - www.regla.org/pastimes.htm -The Saxons Book: Macdonald