By Christina Lee

Anglo-Saxons have been usually buried with fabric artefacts, starting from pots to garments to jewelry, and likewise with goods of foodstuff, whereas the funeral ritual itself used to be usually marked by way of feasting, occasionally on the graveside. The ebook examines where of nutrients and feasting in funerary rituals from the earliest interval to the 11th century, contemplating the adjustments and alterations that happened in this time, drawing on a variety of assets, from archaeological proof to the prevailing texts. It appears specifically at representations of funerary feasting, the way it services as a device for reminiscence, and sheds mild at the courting among the dwelling and the lifeless. CHRISTINA LEE is a lecturer within the university of English experiences on the collage of Nottingham.

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Sumes onlice swa mon to ondleofne eorðan wæstmas on hærfeste ham gelædeð wiste wynsume ær wintres cyme on rypes timan, þy læs hi renes scur awyrde under wolcnum; þær hi wraðe metað, fodorþege gefean, þonne forst ond snaw mid ofermægne eorþan þeccað wintergewædum. Of þam wæstmum sceal eorla eadwela eft alædan þurh cornes gecynd, þa ær clæne bið sæd onsawen. 86 EVIDENCE FROM GRAVES You are what you eat: physiological features as evidence for diet-related diseases The human skeleton is not unlike a history book, where accidents are recorded in form of fractures, where decay marks the years and strains on the body, where diseases, such as tuberculosis or leprosy, alter the structure and where the absence or presence of food and water leave signatures that can no longer be erased.

62 James Barrett, Alison Locker and Callum Roberts, who have looked at the fish bone evidence from 127 English assemblages dated to 600–1600, have shown that there is a difference in the fish consumption between the middle and late Anglo-Saxon period. Prior to the eleventh century most of the modest assemblages have come from freshwater fish. 63 The choice of fish available appears to have been much wider in late 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 R. Rau ed. , Briefe des Bonifatius: Willibalds Leben des Bonifatius nebst einigen zeitgenössischen Dokumenten, Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gedächtnisausgabe 4 (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1968), 100.

Barrow, ‘Friends and friendship in Anglo-Saxon charters’, in: J. , Friendship in Medieval Europe (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1999), 106–23. 15 1 Eorðan wæstmas: a Feast for the Living I T MAY perhaps seem a little unusual to begin a study on food in the mortuary rrituals of the Anglo-Saxons with an examination of agriculture and foods available to living populations. However, food served on special occasions, such as wakes, may have been radically different from the everyday meals consumed in the homes of the Anglo-Saxons.

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