The Saxons

Anglo-Saxons in Britain

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Anglo Saxon Food and Drink

The Anglo-Saxons loved eating and drinking and would often have feasts in the Hall. The food was cooked over the fire in the middle of the house; meat was roasted and eaten with bread.

They drank ale and mead - a kind of beer made sweet with honey - from great goblets and drinking horns.

After the feast a minstrel would play a harp and sing songs of battles and heroes.

Anglo-Saxons ate what they grew.

They grew

  • cereals - Wheat and rye for bread, barley for brewing and oats for animal food and porridge.
  • vegetables - carrots, parsnip, cabbages, peas, beans and onions.
  • fruit - such as apples, cherries and plums

Exotic foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, pineapples - fruits and vegetables of the New World, were unknown to the Anglo-Saxons.

Barley was used to make weak beer, which was drunk instead of water. River water was often polluted. wine was imported from the Mediterranean but only drunk by the very rich.

Most Anglo-Saxons were vegetarians because they could not get meat very often. Wild animals such as deer and wild boar were common but could only be killed by the people who owned the land. Only a few Anglo-Saxons were wealthy enough to pay for a slaughter of an animal.

Pigs were important for food because they produce large litters, which would quickly mature and be ready for slaughter. They were the only animals reared just for their meat. Every other kind of animal served other purposes and were only killed when they became old or ill. Sheep were reared for their wool and meat. Cows were used for their milk and, when they were old, for hides, meat and glue. All animal fat was valuable for making oils for lamps.

The Anglo-Saxons ate fish which they caught in the rivers and the seas.

Who were the Anglo-Saxons? Who?

When did the Anglo-Saxons invade Britain? When? ....... Anglo Saxon Timeline

Why did Anglo-Saxons invade Britain? Why ?

How long did the Anglo-Saxons stay in England? How long ?

Where did the Anglo-Saxons Settle in Britain? - Settle

What Anglo Saxon Place names still exist today? - Place names

What Religion did the Anglo-Saxons follow? - Religion

Where do the names of the days of the week originate from? Days of the Week

Why is Sutton Hoo famous? Sutton Hoo

What were Anglo Saxon villages and houses like? Saxon Houses and Villages

What did the Anglo-Saxons Eat and Drink?

Who invaded England after the Anglo-Saxons? Who invaded next?

Who was the last Anglo Saxon King and where did he die? Last Saxon King

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