What the Saxons did
in their Spare Time
probably didn't have much spare time, but the richer you were,
the more you had.
liked playing all sorts of games and with all kinds of toys.
very popular with adults: hunting, falconry, swimming,
ice-skating, horse and dog racing. Horse
racing is mentioned in the 'Beowulf'
liked playing dice and knucklebones (or fives). Fun board
games included merels (nine men's morris), tabula (backgammon)
and taefel (the king's board). Chess was known, but not very
dancing were a big part of Saxon life. People liked to sing
and play bells, flutes, horns, trumpets, even organs, but
particularly pipes (including pan-pipes). Harps have been
found in rich graves like those at Sutton
Hoo and Taplow.
today, women liked to spend time making themselves look pretty
and men liked to boast and tell tall stories. This
is also mentioned in the 'Beowulf' poem.
everyone liked to get drunk!
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