The Anglo-Saxons 499-1066. Period 3 B Part 2. anglo-saxon art & artifacts. The Treasure of Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxons Treasures (620-626 A.D.). Time Era was Just after 620 A.D. Found in a Suffolk on a farm There were multiple treasures buried in the field
“The objects in the burial were carefully chosen to reflect the king's high rank and equip him for the Afterlife. Many of them, even to the modern eye, are extraordinary and they allow us a glimpse into a life that was barbaric yet sumptuous and sophisticated - a lifestyle that is described in the poem Beowulf, which although written down a couple of centuries after the burial, vividly brings to life this earlier heroic period.” -British Museum
This was a heroic age, the greatest virtue was loyalty to one’s lord.
The spear was the principle weapon of the Anglo-Saxons.
Spearheads were anywhere from a few inches to two feet or more.
The overall length of the spear was around 6’6”- 8’ and the end was often covered by a metal cap.
A Scramasax is a relatively cheap single edged knife earlier blades were shorter (8-14”) and later ( 22-32’’)
These blades were attached to a decorative pommel of wood or horn.
Although less common swords and axes were also used by the Anglo-Saxons.
The least common weapon was the bow and arrow.
The shield was the main defensive item of the Anglo-Saxon warrior.
Helms were worn by the more wealthy, they consisted of four or more segments and often had cheek guards.
Body armor of linked mail was only worn by the wealthiest of warriors. When wearing this they adorned padded leather undergarments.
“In Anglo-Saxon culture and literature, to be a hero was to be a warrior. A hero had to be strong, intelligent, and courageous. Warriors had to be willing to face any odds, and fight to the death for their glory and people. The Anglo-Saxon hero was able to be all of these and still be humble and kind.” (Garcia)
Anglo-Saxon farmers were very resourceful and used whatever was available to them in time of need.
"to wend his way to the same road where I cut the props (and) load his waggons with fair rods that he may weave a fine wall, and set up many a goodly house." –King Aelfred (ruled 871-899)
“If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these people; even though some of them still look down on me.” –St. PatrickST. PATRICKEvangelist in Ireland
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A vital turning point in the development of the church in England
“King Oswy opened by observing that all who served the One God should observe one rule of life, and since they all hoped for one kingdom in heaven, they should not differ in celebrating the sacraments of heaven. The synod now had the task of determining which was the truest tradition, and this should be loyally accepted by all.“ -Bede
Bede reports that in the latter part of the seventh century many Angles went to Ireland for a time to study, so that by the end of that century there were no doubt in Britain a number of monastic artists who were trained to carry on the miniature painting of the Irish illuminators, as well as actual Irish manuscripts to serve them as models. -visual-arts-cork.com
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