The Angles and Saxons were the Germanic-speaking tribes that invaded Britain after the collapse of the Roman Empire. They were non-Celtic people who inhabited Britain from perhaps as early as the mid-5th century. Since their cultures and societies quickly merged together, they are known as the Anglo-Saxons (or just Saxons when compared to Normans). They are considered ancestral to the contemporary English, so in a sense they can be thought as still living in Britain.
- If you lived in England after the Norman conquest you were probably marginalised.
- You wore fairly simple t-tunic clothing, but the details of weaving and decoration might be elaborate if rich. (See these links on Anglo-Saxon clothing for more details.)
- Non-nobles might hope for an apprenticeship as a weaver or embroiderer (male or female) as they were were esteemed across Europe.
- If you were a non-noble woman, you might have with a distaff and drop spindle for your [household]] or to earn extra income.