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Anglo-Saxon Months: December

And so we reach the end of our Anglo-Saxon year. I’ve enjoyed following the old ones through their Eostermonaths and Weodmonaths, and I’ll feel at something of a loss at the start of every month now I have nothing to … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Calendar

We’ve been having some lovely weather where I live, but the mornings are noticeably chillier and some of the leaves are starting to turn. The Venerable Bede, who wrote a history of the English and from whom we get a … Continue reading

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Haligmonath

The year creeps towards autumn, and in the Anglo-Saxon Calendar the month of September was known as Haligmonað. The letter ‘g’, as I’ve learned from my trusty dictionary of Old English, could be pronounced as a ‘y’, which, along with … Continue reading

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Weodmonað

And so we enter August in our tour of the Anglo-Saxon year. I have a new weapon in my armoury now, having come across a great little guide to Old English in a gift shop on a visit to Avebury. This … Continue reading

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After Midsummer

In my last posting on the Anglo-Saxon months I reported that June was known as Ærra Liða Before (‘Ere’) Midsummer, so – surprise, surprise, July is Æftera Līþa, or After Midsummer.It was a time of the year also called Mædmonaþ, or … Continue reading

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Midsumermonath

And so we move towards the month of June and the summer solstice in our tour of the Anglo-Saxon calendar. I’ve seen a couple of reference to it as Midsumermonath, or Midsummer Month, but most other sources refer to June … Continue reading

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