Category Archives: Norman England

Why Did Castle Sieges Happen?

Why did they not just negotiate? Why did they not just have a battle? Why go to the trouble of building such thick walls which may or may not ever be attacked? These are tough questions. The answers have to … Continue reading

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How Did You Get a Job Back Then?

Generally, girls and women did not have a paying job in 12th century England. They worked a lot, but rarely for wages. They helped with the family farm or fishing. Boys were often trained to the work that their father … Continue reading

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What Games did Kids back then Play?

Historians don’t have much evidence about toys and games from the 12th century in England, or anywhere else. Archeologists have not found many games buried with children. Writers of the period rarely mention games. Painters of manuscripts (illuminators) do show … Continue reading

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How Important are Brothers in Norman England?

Having siblings was very important back then. Having parents and grandparents and siblings all living in the same household was common. The more people you had in the household to share chores (like gathering food, preparing food and working for … Continue reading

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Did Normans look really different from Saxons?

They were probably about the same height, skin color, eye color and hair color. What made them look different was their hairstyles and clothing. Saxons wore simple tunics. The women and girls wore floor-length tunics (under-tunics and top tunics) and … Continue reading

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