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What role do mothers play in Anglo-Saxon times?I'm doing a paper on women roles in...

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katharine-sum... | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 3, 2010 at 10:29 PM via web

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What role do mothers play in Anglo-Saxon times?

I'm doing a paper on women roles in Beowulf and I need to know what mothers do. My teacher said they are protective over their children, but I need something more defined... Can someone help me out?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:22 PM (Answer #1)

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An Anglo-saxon woman was expected to take the place of her husband when he was absent in times of war. This included providing for the family, looking after the home and business affairs. One of the most important roles of an Anglo-saxon woman was that of a peace-weaver. A peace-weaver was a woman who would be married to a member of an enemy tribe, with the hope that this would help end a feud between them. A powerful role which women could have during this time was that of a mistress. The mistress of the hall presided over the hall with her husband during mealtimes. She greeted the men in the hall and made sure the were comfortable and had a enough to eat. Women during this time were considered second class citizens, they were expected to obey their husbands, take care of him and bear him children.

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