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April in Saxons Calendar

April in Saxons Calendar

April was "Oster-monath," because the wind generally blew from the east during this month. The engraving appears to represent three thanes celebrating a feast by quaffing ale from their drinking-horns. On one side is an armed guard with a long spear, and on the other two attendants. The bench on which the three worthy thanes are seated is adorned with two sculptures of formidable-looking animals. The use of chairs or sofas was then entirely unknown. They called the benches placed in the festal halls "mede benc," or "eale benc" - mead or ale benches.

Other pictures from Chapter XXIV


March in Saxons Calendar

May in Saxons Calendar

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