286 – Noble Pursuits

After generations of devastating war, England has found itself at peace.

Which leaves a question we haven’t had to ask in a while. What did the Anglo Saxons actually do during peacetime?

For the regular freemen (which was the vast majority of the population), this is a fairly straightforward question with a straightforward answer. Peace meant that their obligations to the fyrd suddenly lessened which gave them more time to take care of matters at home. So you might imagine that they were spending more time with their families and friends, more time in the fields working, and generally doing the sorts of things that they didn’t have much time for during the decades of war.

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