THE ANGLO-SAXON PERIOD. 449---1066. Three Major Periods in English Literature. Old English--449-1066 Middle English--1066-1485 Modern English--1485+. Pre-Anglo-Saxon England. 2000 B. C. inhabited by Iberians Iberians invaded by Celts 55 B. C. Julius Caesar invaded
wergyld--system of payment or restitution (peaceful settlement based on property or money)
fond of boasting and fighting
Valued treasure and worldly goodsCharacteristics of Anglo-Saxons
Anglo-Saxon poetry came from an oral tradition.
It was recited/sung by a scop, who provided entertainment in the mead hall.
(Kenning—a type of metaphorical phrase or compound word used to name a person, place, or thing.)
Wine-hall of warriors gleaming with gold.