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FC: The Life and Times of the Anglo-Saxon Man

1: Anglo-Saxon Men Amber Adams

2: Basically all men worked on the farm. The men would cut down trees to clear land for plowing and sowing crops. Oxen then would be used to plow the land. When men were not providing for their family, they were out fighting for their king. Some of the men had unique expertise and worked as skilled laborers.

3: Blacksmith-made iron tools, knives, and swords Woodworker-made wooden bowls, furniture, carts, and wheels Potters-made pottery from clay Shoemaker-made leather shoes and sandals Jeweler-made metal brooches, beads and gold ornaments for the wealthy.

4: The clothing of Anglo-Saxon men were modest. They wore tunics with tight trousers or leggings wrapped around with strips of cloth or leather.

5: Some also wore robes gathered at the waste completed by a hose and soft sandals. The most common fabrics used were linens and woolens. The more expensive garments were colorful and had striking borders.

6: The social status of an Anglo-Saxon man was defined by his wergild (how much money and land they could leave their family if they died). Status was hierarchically structured with the king being at the top and the slave at the bottom. Under the king was the nobleman or thegn and above the slave was the freeman or the ceorl. A slave had no wergild and therefore had no social standing.

7: An Anglo-Saxon man could gain social status if certain criteria was met. For instance a ceorl could move up to a thegn if he had traveled overseas at his own expense. Social status could also be lost. If a man committed a crime he and his family would lose their standings within society.

8: An Anglo-Saxon man had many roles. He was the provider for his family; he fought for his land; and finally he was a loyal servant to the king.

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