The Social World of the Anglo-Saxons: The Aethelings and the Eoldermen – Revisited

The final part of my series on Saxon society. As you would expect with any society that was characterised by a hierarchical class system there would be the top class who were defined by their wealth and by the power that they wielded. In the Anglo-Saxon world the upper class were known as the aethelings, … Continue reading The Social World of the Anglo-Saxons: The Aethelings and the Eoldermen – Revisited

The Social World of the Anglo-Saxons: The Theigns – Revisited

Following on from my post, The Social World of the Anglo-Saxons: the Peasants - Revisited, I decided to continue with the Theigns. Above the ceorls, the peasants of the Anglo-Saxon world, sat the ‘theigns’. They were to all intents and purposes the middle class. To qualify as a theign a man needed to own a … Continue reading The Social World of the Anglo-Saxons: The Theigns – Revisited

The Social World of the Anglo-Saxons: The Peasants – Revisited

I originally wrote this post back in 2013 and it proved to be very popular. It was part of a series that resulted from the research that I did for the book, The War Wolf. As well as peasants the series covered the Theigns and the Eorldermen, the middle and upper class of Saxon society … Continue reading The Social World of the Anglo-Saxons: The Peasants – Revisited