The Mead Benchers
The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium: An Englishman's World by Robert Lacey.
As the year 2000 approached with all the obsession over Y2K, a charming little book came out to take your mind off of impending doom by giving you a picture of the people who awaited the impending doom of the first millennium. The fact that both the oriental and Hebraic calendars were working on years of much higher numbers escaped their notice. The Year 1000 offered a month by month picture of daily life in Anglo-Saxon England. When everyone seemed obsessed with the future, this book took a sometimes surprising look at everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England. It focuses on aspects of daily living by depicting a practical but extremely superstitious people. While most people were illiterate, their daily language would become spread throughout the world.
There are pictures of daily life such as the total absence of sugar while honey was used as a monetary exchange. Bathing was virtually unknown and most adults died in their 40s. It was a wealthy country but plagued by Viking raids. What we think of full summer in July was the "starving" month ... late enough that stored provisions were depleted but the harvest was still at least a month away. The closing chapter discusses the legacy of these Anglo-Saxons. The delightful drawings at the beginning of each chapter are from the Julius Work Calendar. If you would like to visit a capsule in time, this is a wonderful, fast read.
Just as a side note, here is a good article about a few women in the year one thousand in other places the world at a website that may become one of your favorites. Notable Women
Then just for fun, my second thought on the theme was Robert Thomas Veline better known to the world as Bobby Vee and a song that seems like it was from 1000 years ago in another world far, far away.
And if that didn't make you feel like dancing: Wilson Pickett