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FC: Anglo-Saxon Culture | Michael Texeira

2: Life & Religion | Anglo-Saxons were Pagans when they came to Britain. They worshipped many gods for a number of different things, although they did not see religion in spritual means. Religion was more used as a reassurance of success and material things. For example, they prayed to a partuclar god for harvest and another for vitory in war.

3: Life of a King | Kings lived on estates. Along with a main hall in which the king would mark with paintings and statues or expensive wall hangings. Most rulers were adorned on the currency. | On this coin, we can see Anglo-Saxon king, Offa..

4: Clothing | The robe or tunic gathered at the waist was the common garment for a man, completed by hose and soft shoes. For a woman the robe or dress extended to the feet. The usual materials were linen and woolens, the more expensive outfits being marked by colourful dyes and exotic borders. Brooches were used to fix clothing by rich and poor, and amulets of stones were worn for luck.

5: Weapons & Armor | One of the mosrt common weapons of the Anglo-Saxons was the spear. Other weapons included a sword and scramasax (a one sided dagger mostly used for close proximity attacks.). Armor consisted of a shield, helmet and a metal suit which protected from spears and swords and was well worn and honored.

6: Entertainment | For entertainment, most would tell stories of lore. They would also have large festivals quite often. During the winter months, the king would invite the town to the mead hall, in which they would play music, drink, feast, and keep warm. | A reconstructed Mead-Hall

7: Farming | On the country-side, most people lived by farming. Ceorls worked together and shared most of their crops and livestock with on another and shared land so that all would have an equal share of good and bad land. Crops that were grown were wheat, oats, rye, and barley (both as a cereal and as the base for beer). Peas, beans, and lentils were also common.

8: Travel | Traveling was fairly common in the anglo-saxon lifestyle. The trade routes, mostly along the old roman roads, were used most often. Travelers were advised to make lots of noise to make notice of their presence so that they would not be thought to be a stranger and killed.

9: Death | The anglo-saxons were fanatical in their belief of fate or as they called it "Wyrd", decided who would live or die. In their world death was not uncommon. Though uncommon, they were not insensitive to it and deeply mourned the loss of their own, especially if it was someone close to their heart.

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