Assignment #3: The Anglo-Saxons

An Anglo Saxon Tale (video)

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Anglo Saxon

The metal bowl and spoon represent the skills of the Anglo-Saxon metal-smiths. Complex and aesthetic decorations, (some borrowed from the Britons, some of their own making) were found on many items.

Prayer beads became a common item after monks brought Christianity from Ireland to England. Beads were also used for circlets, clasps and other secular purposes.

Embroidery was the most common decoration of fabric for Anglo-Saxons. Metallic threads were often incorporated into the designs.

Anglo-Saxons wrote using two alphabets: Fulthorc and Latin. Fulthorc was made up of 33 runes, used from around 500 to 900 AD. It was used less often with the introduction of a modified Latin script. Anglo-Saxons invented the lowercase versions of Latin’s 26 letters. They also added symbols representing sounds unique to Old English. The latin alphabet paper is the prologue of Beowulf, while the two runic texts are a poem called the Seafarer and an invented excerpt of Aethelflaed’s journal.

Christianity was strong in late Anglo-Saxon culture, proved by the many jeweled crosses and etches of saints found in archaeological sites.

Tablet weave was a technique used to make bands and ornaments for clothing. Wool was threaded through small squares of wood or bone and then twisted and tied together to make geometrical patterns

Anglo-Saxon clothing was mostly made of wool and linen, although small bits of cotton and silk may have been used. Women wore long loose tunics belted at the waist and cloaks held with bead strings or a brooch. It was improper for a woman to leave her head uncovered, so a circlet held a veil over her hair.


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