FC: Anglo-Saxon: Free Time & Entertainment By: Ashley Lynch
1: Free Time & Entertainment
3: when the Anglo-Saxons were not fighting, they would play dice and board games such as chess. riddles were popular, as was horse racing and hunting. | At feasts the most common form of entertainment wast the harp. the harp was used in church music. harps were played by professional storytellers called Scops. | Other than the harp, scenes of juggling balls and knives have been found illustrating books of Anglo-Saxon time period.
4: Physical fitness was significant to everyone in the Anglo-Saxon period. Life was hard and being physically able to to cope with realities of farming, tree felling, and of course battle, could mean th e difference between life and death. | those who were rich enough to own horses would have raced them to see who was the fastest. adults in some villages, held plough races on Plough Monday, the first Monday after the 12th night (Epiphany), the end off the yuletide season. Hunting was was not purely a sport, it was to bring food to the table, but it could be exciting and enjoyable. Storytelling, singing, and dancing was part of the long indoor winter activities.
5: Music occupied a unique position for the Anglo-Saxons-it was both entertainment, and a danger, a tool, and potential weapon. Musicians were expected to juggle, sing, play several instruments, and recite poetry. The educated were taught the importance of music, and rudiments of musical performance.
6: The Anglo-Saxons had a great love for ornaments on every day objects, and men and women spent long hours decorating spines of wood, bone, and horn hair combs with drawings of animals, embellishing gowns and tunics with bright colored embroidery. The most used items such as wooden buckets and dippers generally carried some sort of decoration, even if it was simple dots or lines around the perimeter. Many of the handcrafts would have been practiced out doors to take advantage of good light.
7: Anglo Saxons would whittle wood or decorate bone and antlers. Wealthy women found embroidery entertaining and took great interest in embroidering wall hangings. The Anglo-Saxons were known for their sewing and it was known throughout Europe.
8: Swimming was a popular sport, both to compete in and to watch, and it was considered quite fair to try and drown your opponent. Wrestling was widely participated in. The simplest form of wrestling was for the wrestlers to take hold of each others arms and waists as best as they could, and using the strength of their arms to throw each other off their feet and onto their backs. Sometimes wrestling took place as a team event, with one member of each team. Most wrestling matches occasionally ended in fatalities and on lesser occasions, just the odd broken or dislocated limb.
9: A tournament or joust was popular with the Anglo-Saxons, whose knights were ready to break a lance in honor of their lady's beauty. The tournament was the great fate of an entire country-side, and was gathered with thousands to witness it. Often times a tournament lasted for days and excitement and partisanship was very high. To win was the greatest ambition of any high-born lad.