Archive for: March 2016

Saxon Easter customs and where they survived

The four seasons, from early 11th century manuscript of De Temporibus by the Venerable Bede © Alamy
Posted:
24 March 2016
Posted By:
Rowena Willard-Wright
Categories:
History Uncovered

Easter gives us an insight into the customs of ordinary Saxons, before the Norman Conquest changed the culture of England. Rowena Willard-Wright, Senior Curator of Collections and Interiors, explains how. It seems reasonable to assume that the defeat of the Saxon King Harold by William the Conque...

Read the full article

How to Drink Like a Norman

© The Art Archive / Alamy
Posted:
16 March 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
Historical How Tos

“The English are noted among foreigners for their persistent drinking.” observed John of Salisbury, Bishop of Chartres from 1176-80. But whatever they thought of the English reputation for drunkenness, the Normans appear to have had no problem with joining in our frolics... [caption id="at...

Read the full article