Anglo-Saxon Women

Mrs. Eason
English 261
24 March 2010
Women during the Anglo-Saxon Period
Daily life for the Anglo-Saxon woman was far from easy. Women had a higher mortality rate than men mostly because of the dangers of childbirth. An interesting note about this is when skeletal remains from the times have been examined, scientist have found reasons for their deaths ranging from earache, toothache, shingles, and burns, to pains in their joints. Most of the remedies for the women of that time were based more on superstition than medical advice. One example of this is that it was common advise for a pregnant woman to avoid foods that were too salty or too sweet, watch her alcohol intake, and above all else no horseback riding until the child wasborn (Hullsweb).
The Norman Conquest brought a negative impact on women due to the influx of new customs and laws. Women’s roles were “to marry and serve” and they had limited shares in land-owning and ideology. The husband, being a land owner would barter for a wife and in return would in return donate his land to her family. Women at this time were sold to what lord offered the most money or land, and young women were usually married off early. The only women who could marry out of love were peasants. Rich widows were the only ones who could do what they wanted as long as a fee was paid for self-determination to their lord.
Work Cited
“Anglo-Saxon Women.” Anglo-Saxon Women Rock my N.p. 2007. 18 March 2010.
Hullwebs History of Hull._ Anglo-Saxon Women. _N.p. 2004. 16 March 2020.