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Anglo Saxon Women

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FC: Anglo-Saxon Women

1: Anglo-Saxon Women by Amanda Rutherford

3: Anglo-Saxon women wore the same thing as the men, except a tunic that went all the way to the ground. Women wore an undergarment called a chemise underneath to protect from the cold. The women of Anglo-Saxon cultures were in charge of the weaving and embroidering of clothes, as well as dying certain wools and fabrics.

4: When women were pregnant, they took all precautions needed to prevent infant mortality. They stayed away from sweets, salts, alcohol, and fatty foods. Many women gave their children to foster care.

5: Women never got attached to their children because they never knew how long they would live. Infant mortality was common.

6: Women always poured drinks for her husband. Wine was a common alcoholic beverage.

7: Marriage was always in favor of the women. The women had many clear rights. Unlike many other cultures, Anglo-Saxon women had a say in who they married. | To 'propose', men had to give the woman riches, such as land, money, and animals. The woman then could decide what she did with her gift. Despite her rights, once married the woman became subject to her husband.

8: Life for Anglo-Saxon women was fairly easy. They had their own rights, and could own property without having a man. Widows were the most wealthy. | Wills and letters showed that women were allowed to be friends with other man than her husband.Women also were never forced against their will.

9: All in all, Anglo-Saxon women had it easy. They were much better off that women of later times would be. Being financially independent, women could basically live exactly as men.

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