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FC: English 12 Honors Assignment

1: The Anglo-Saxon Social Ladder | By: | Hannah Bourque and Amber Bumgardner

2: Anglo-Saxon Slaves | The lowest level of the Anglo-Saxon social ladder is inhabited by the Theows, or better known as slaves. Slaves had minimal rights, but they were sometimes able to earn a little bit of money and, possibly, were able to buy their freedom.

4: Anglo-Saxon Ceorls | The Ceorls were a step above the Slaves in the Anglo-Saxon society. Ceorls were freemen, and were usually expected to submit to military services. However, if they couldn't participate in the military, they farmed on their lords' lands.

6: Anglo-Saxon Thanes | The Thanes were the social class right below the King. They were known to be servants to the royal family. To become a Thane, one had to own five or more pieces of land.

8: The Anglo-Saxon King | The King in an Anglo-Saxon society was at the top of the social ladder. He was supposed to provide opportunities for plunder and slaves for his followers. He was also known as the war leader in the society.

10: A Ceorl could actually be richer than a Thane! | Children born on Friday were slaughtered, especially if they were slaves! :O | Friday was known to be a very unlucky day for the Anglo Saxon people. | When a slaves' master died, the slave was killed and buried with their master. | FUN FACTS ABOUT THE ANGLO-SAXON'S

11: Sometimes, poor families would sell their children into slavery in order to pay their debts. | Poorer people would wear neutral colored clothing. The brighter the cloth, the wealthier the person. | New female slaves had to cut their hair to show that they were no longer free women. | Richer lords lived on estates with surrounded by buildings for their workers.

12: A King could be killed while he was sleeping if he did not offer his followers everything he was supposed to provide them. | Horse racing, hunting, chess, and riddles were all ways the Anglo-Saxons passed the time. | Only the noble Anglo-Saxons were allowed to carry swords. The rest had to carry spears. | The last Anglo-Saxon king was King Harold, and he was killed in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings.

13: The Anglo-Saxons lived in groups of huts. Some huts were for sleeping, others were for work. Slaves even had their own huts. | Any man in the royal family could be crowned King if they had enough supporters. However, this led to feuds and wars between the family. | The Anglo-Saxons built walls around their villages to keep enemies out. Men patrolled the wall to protect the people. | It took about eighteen trees to build ONE Anglo-Saxon home.

14: The Anglo-Saxons had keys for their doors! These keys were made of deer antlers. | Only the King and noblemen had glass bottles. Poorer people had bottles made of leather. | In Anglo-Saxon society, the Kings could not make new laws. Instead, they had to uphold the villages' previous customs.

15: And the best fun fact is: (Drumroll please!) | The word "mistletoe" is actually coined from the Anglo-Saxons. Even though WE think of it as a romantic holiday decoration, their view of mistletoe was quite different. The word "mistal" is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning DUNG (aka CRAP) and the word "tan" means TWIG. So, technically, mistletoe means a stick of crap. Hehe...sorry to be vulgar. Birds carried the seeds for mistletoe and dropped them in various areas.

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