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1000 AD Medieval Ages Documentary

Dennis Muli

Alison Oluoch

Moi University

March 21,2018

1000 AD recreates life circa 999 AD, showing the everyday lives, loves and passions of the Anglo-Saxon people. A soap opera-style drama runs alongside interviews with leading historians who paint a revealing picture of the political and social structure of pre-Norman Britain. During the period, the sophisticated Anglo-Saxon ancestors were terrified of the Viking invasions to an extent the viewed them as the anti-Christ who would bring the world its end (Documentries, 2018). Most of the cultures and the lifestyles of the Anglo-Saxon have been heightened in the document and hence this article will highlight ten issues noted from the documentary and expound on them.

1. Living standard

The Anglo-Saxons were very poor. Most of the families lived in mud houses that were roofed with grass. The conditions of the houses were very poor as people used to sleep on the floor, and their source of light was either lamps, candles or fire. The community lived in small villages and their main sources of income were farming for those who owned land and blacksmith for the skilled.

2. Authority

The Anglo-Saxons were highly organized and there was order in authority. That is, the highest rank was the King while the lowest rank was slavery. In between the two extremes laid different groups with varying powers.

3. Slavery

With the society, slavery was a normal issue. In most cases, slaves were not viewed as people with any worth and thus they were often mistreated. One could be a slave by birth (if your parents were slaves) or if one was unable to pay for fines, taxes or convicted of a serious crime but not so serious for death.

4. Gender Roles

Men and women of the Anglo-Saxon society had different gender roles. For instance, men were the ones responsible for protecting their families and the villages, while women cooked, and took care of their families.

5. Religion

the Anglo-Saxon people were highly religious. The larger group were Christians and the priest was responsible for taking care of the communities religious and spiritual needs. Some of the Christian practices that existed even in modern Christianity includes baptism, going to church and praying.

6. The priest

Unlike today where the priest is solemnly responsible for spiritual needs. During this time, the priest was responsible for overseeing that no



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