Daily Life in Anglo-Saxon England
2nd Edition
by Sally Crawford
May 2022, 273pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5925-0
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The Anglo-Saxon period is an intriguing time that saw the creation of England and “Englishness.” Recent discoveries have continued to illuminate our understanding of early medieval England.

Daily Life in Anglo-Saxon England examines and recreates many of the details of ordinary lives in early medieval England between the 5th and 11th centuries, exploring what we know as well as the surprising gaps in our knowledge.

Daily Life in Anglo-Saxon England covers daily life in England from the 5th through the 11th centuries. These six centuries saw significant social, cultural, religious, and ethnic upheavals, including the introduction of Christianity, the creation of towns, the Viking invasions, the invention of “Englishness,” and the Norman Conquest.

In the last 10 years, there have been significant new archaeological discoveries, major advances in scientific archaeology, and new ways of thinking about the past, meaning it is now possible to say much more about everyday life during this time period than ever before. Drawing on a combination of archaeological and textual evidence, including the latest scientific findings from DNA and stable isotope analysis, this book looks at the life course of the early medieval English from the cradle to the grave, as well as how daily lives changed over these centuries. Topics covered include maintenance activities, education, play, commerce, trade, manufacturing, fashion, travel, migration, warfare, health, and medicine.


  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach, using archaeological and textual sources
  • Supports the text with references to key sites, artifacts, and documents
  • Focuses on everyday life
  • Reflects the subject expertise of the author
Sally Crawford has lectured in medieval archaeology at the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford. She is the author of Childhood in Anglo-Saxon England and Early Anglo-Saxon England, and coeditor of the Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology and Social Dimensions of Medieval Disease and Disability. She is a vice president of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past, and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. Supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes provide an in-depth exploration of daily life throughout history.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more
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