The anglo-saxon society was a predominately patriarchal society men played a more dominant role in society they assumed the roles of leaders, warriors, providers and protectors of their society their dominating role in society overshadowed the role of their counterpart - women. This paper examines the roles of the women in beowulf, focusing on those of hostess, peaceweavers, and monsters when read through an anthropological lens, beowulf presents the female characters as being central both in the story itself and in the society presented in the poem. The study of the role of women in particular in the society of anglo-saxon england has been a topic of academic research in history and gender studies since the 1980s a seminal study was published by christine fell as women in anglo-saxon england in 1984.
The anglo-saxon saint boniface, who was a missionary in germany, carried on a correspondence with the anglo-saxon religious women eadburg, bugga and leobgyth the first two women may have been in charge of or worked with composing and copying manuscripts in scriptoriums. Roles of anglo-saxon women the roles anglo-saxon women played in their society depended on the status they had in their community as in most cultures, the roles of women in anglo-saxon society included mother, wife, caregiver, and teacher mistress a more positive role that women had was the role of mistress. Women in beowulf and anglo-saxon society beowulf, one of the most translated and reproduced epics of all time, is literature that concerns characters while beowulf himself is the obvious hero of this anglo-saxon epic, many companions and fellow travelers are mentioned throughout the text.
The women of england: from anglo-saxon times to the present 32, 43 (barbara kanner ed, 1979) (quoting frank m stenton, the historical bearing of place-name studies: the place of women in anglo-saxon society, in 25. Professional roles of anglo-saxon women introduction anglo-saxon women were expected to be submissive to their husbands or fathers and were only able to obtain a certain amount of freedom in the workforce through marriage or wealth the only way a woman could work was through her husband or father, at least until they died. This essay explores the roles of women in beowulf in a contextual assessment it is often an incorrect assumption that women within beowulf and anglo-saxon culture are subservient to a patriarchal culture that places little to no value on them this paper challenges this stereotype by using the.
Each group of anglo-saxon settlers had a leader or war-chief a strong and successful leader became 'cyning', the anglo-saxon word for 'king' each king ruled a kingdom and led a small army. Gender roles during the anglo saxon period male gender role relating to beowulf: beowulf's ancient sword was waiting, unsheathed, his sharp and gleaming blade. The roles anglo-saxon women played in their society depended on the status they had in their community as in most cultures, the roles of women in anglo-saxon society included mother, wife, caregiver, and teacher.
Although women in anglo-saxon society at first glance only seem to serve as eye-candy and to serve men, they did indeed hold much more important roles these women served as peacekeepers, gift givers, and hostesses, all of which were vitally important to the preservation of the kingdom. Anglo-saxon women had more power they often were the leaders of their tribes anglo-saxon women had similar power they retained control over their property after marriage anglo-saxon women had less power widows had no rights over property and could not defend their households. The fact is that women enjoyed legal rights under anglo-saxon law that they were to lose after the battle of hastings (1066) and for many hundreds of years afterwards so let us return to the more congenial 9th century, and learn more.
Role of women in the epic of beowulf and anglo-saxon society 932 words | 4 pages role of women in beowulf and anglo-saxon society beowulf, the hero of anglo-saxon epic, had many adventures, and many companions and fellow-warriors are mentioned throughout his story. In the british culture, from the anglo-saxon to the renaissance time period, the men were respected on a higher level than women, and women were to always be subservient to men, which were demonstrated throughout many works of literature. The role of women anglo-saxon society was decidedly patriarchal, but women were in some ways better off than they would be in later times a woman could own property in her own right she could and did rule a kingdom if her husband died.