54 – What Not To Wear: In The Dark Ages

Ok, so we are basically done with feasting and food in general. I could go into the construction of the feasting hall, and I might do that at a later date if it I get in a carpenter mood (or if there is a big hew and cry for that sort of information) but in general, I think we’re done with that aspect of the Dark Ages.

So what did you think? Looking back on what you thought about the Anglo Saxons and the Dark Ages, did your view change? I’m genuinely interested in what you thought about it before these episodes and what you think now. So if you are so inclined, please tell me about it on Facebook, Twitter, or the Forums. Or if you don’t want the world to see your comments, you can also email me directly at thebritishhistorypodcast@gmail.com But seriously, let me know. Maybe I’ll put together a short midweek episode where I read what you thought before and after if I get enough responses. It could be fun, and it’s another way that we can all interact together as a community. So please consider it.

And next up we are going to have a short discussion on another area of the Dark Ages that is rather misunderstood, or just ignored in general. Clothing.

  15 comments for “54 – What Not To Wear: In The Dark Ages

  1. Joe
    September 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I’m about to listen to this podcast, but as a carpenter, I would love to hear about the construction of the feasting hall, and about medieval construction in general.

    • September 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Fair enough. :)

      Do we have any other votes for a construction-ish episode?

      • Cortney
        September 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        I second that!

        • Zee
          September 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm


    • Eileen H.
      September 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm


    • richard thomas
      September 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      I would definitely like to hear about construction in this period!

  2. Kathy Carroll
    September 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    The feasting didn’t do it for me. I know this is a very tough time to cover. But I’ll be glad to move on. I so appreciate you sense of humor and wisecracking, and I didn’t get as much during the three episodes.

  3. Don Knutson
    September 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Are you planning to discuss the Viking invasions? As a Norwegian, I must have had a long ago relative or two in one of these bands of marauders.

    • September 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Yep! And the Danelaw that followed!

    • Sue
      September 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Clothing sounds very interesting.

  4. Peggy Sue McRae
    September 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I’d be interested in construction/architecture especially in the context of other craft and art forms of the time. But I confess… Viking raiders sounds exciting!

  5. Jordan
    October 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Hi Jamie,

    Have you ever heard about the clothes discovered here?

    I imagine they must be very similar to the clothing worn in Britain at the time.

    • October 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      That’s really interesting! I’d never heard of them, thanks for sharing!

  6. jen
    October 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Apart from the feasting, which we can all agree is a good thing, I wonder if there is information about nutritional status at the time. Were people generally well fed, or were the majority malnourished? Were there major vitamin deficiencies? Somebody has probably examined remains from the time and looked for signs of major vitamin deficiencies, general calorie status etc.

  7. Sharron
    July 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I am very late to the game. However, regarding ladies going commando. If you have ever worn a long dress with lots of petticoats, you would understand how difficult it is to go to the bathroom. Going commando is the easiest and least messy way to do this. Ask your wife. Ha.

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