This time of year we would usually be getting organised for Wintersnight feast. The Viking’s didn’t think of seasons the way that we do, for them it was simply Summer or Winter. Summer was the easier part of the year, there was plenty of food to be had, travel was easy, there was plenty ofContinue reading “Wintersnight”
Stephen Pollington’s “The Mead Hall: The Feasting Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England” is a fascinating read. Using Old English texts, including Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, Pollington explains the importance of communal meals and how they shaped early English society. This is backed up with archaeological evidence showing how halls were structured, what their feasting gear lookedContinue reading “Book Review – The Mead Hall”
They say that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and while that’s usually seen as a reminder that we should all eat more fruit and veg than we often manage, the gods of the Vikings would have taken it far more literally. They were able to stay at the peak of youth andContinue reading “Apples of Immortality”
Since archery is one of the few bits of training that it has been possible to do while socially distancing we’ve been doing a fair bit of it this year – and after spending a fabulous day making ash longbows yesterday that is definitely going to continue even after covid-19 is just a memory. I’dContinue reading “Longbow Making”
Mead is actually simpler to brew than beer or wine, it doesn’t need a lot of equipment or take a lot of work, the hardest part is giving it the time it needs to thoroughly mature To brew your own mead you will need: A large pan (4 litres) A standard demijohn Bung and airlockContinue reading “Brewing Mead”
I was watching a TV programme about the Vikings the other day and it spent a lot of time talking about how impressive the Viking ships were, the amazing woodworking skills and the amount of work that went in to building the boat. All fascinating stuff. There are dozens of pages on the internet andContinue reading “The Importance of Sheep”
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