The Anglo-Saxon Year

The year draws closer to its end, and the days become noticeably shorter. November was the time when the Saxons began to prepare for the colder weather when food would be scarce, and one of the ways they did this was to slaughter enough animals to keep them fed through the coming winter.

It was a practical thing, but The Venerable Bede in his history of England says that there was also ritual involved, with animals being sacrificed to the old gods. November, he tells us, was Blotmonað (pronounced Blotmonath) – the blood month or blood sacrifice month.

They don't make shoes like that any more...

They don’t make shoes like that any more…

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