Anglo-Saxon Fun

Anglo-Saxons gathered in town halls to eat, drink, and be entertained by songs and stories. A famous story is called Beowulf, about a heroic prince. While this and other stories have been told, music was played on an instrument such as the lyre.

Lady Playing a Lyre

Here’s an Anglo-Saxon riddle.

I appear on the ground like a blanket,

and melt in the midday sun.

Can you guess the answer?

The entertainment was provided by their leaders. Their followers fought for them in battle. They were rewarded with gifts and feasts.

Sports and games were enjoyed such as wrestling, weight-lifting, ball games, hockey, races such as swimming races and horse races. Drinking ale and gambling were also popular. Not a good combination!

Can you answer these questions?

Men were raised as monks.
False
CORRECT!
True
Wresting was a popular sport.
True
CORRECT!
False
Anglo-Saxon leaders were expected to entertain their followers.
True
CORRECT!
False