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Anglo-Saxon Women

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1: Anglo-Saxon Women by Megan Poarch

2: Anglo-Saxon history and poetry portray women’s lives as uneasy and dependent on their husbands’ positions. Women had to endure arranged marriages, abuse and male dominance

3: In many cases men treated women as sexual objects and did not respect them. | Slave-women were treated with much less respect than the free ones, and their wergild (which means "man's prices") was smaller.

4: Women were considered as objects that could be manipulated in any way by men. | Women’s social position was at the bottom of the scale; they were forced into an arranged marriage and they had abusive husbands on whom they were completely dependent.

5: Once married, a wife had to be prepared to take her husband's place at any moment. Wars often broke out, forcing the wife to take over her husband's roles. | She would become the provider of the family and home. It would be her responsibility to look after the home and/or farm, and see to any repairs that might be needed.

6: Anglo-Saxon women prepared meat from cows, which was their main source of meat, pigs and sheep, which was also saved for wool. Figs, grapes, and wheat were also apart of what they would find and eat. Women also prepared fish such as salmon and eel.

7: Meals would normally be prepared in a form of stew cooked over a cauldron. | When the food was served, it would be served in wooden or clay bowls. Wooden plates were rarely used and horns were used to drink out of.

8: A regular item of clothing for women would be a tubular garment called a "peplo's" dress. | Shoes would generally be round-toed, flat soled and reach to the ankle or just below and could be worn by both sexes.

9: The women had certain tools they used to sew and weave which they did to make clothes for herself, her husband, and children. | Women were not normally the ones to work hard labor, but the peasants or slaves would normally do jobs such as grinding grain, sowing fields, and washing clothes.

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