The Anglo-Saxon Period 449-1066 A.D. Original inhabitants of what is known as England were the Celts, the original Britons Pagan Much of their history is unknown until later. A Brief History. The First Invasion of the Celts. Julius Caesar raided “Britain” in 55 and 54 B.C. The Romans.
Original inhabitants of what is known as England were the Celts, the original Britons
Much of their history is unknown until later
Julius Caesar raided “Britain” in 55 and 54 B.C.
Introduced the concept of Christianity
Roman rule lasted for nearly 300 years
During this time, commerce flourished
Roman rule crumbled in the fourth and fifth centuries
A great fortification running across the island neat the Scottish border
Built circa 123 A.D. for protection from invading Picts and Scots
Nearly 70 miles long
According to history, in 449 the first band of people from the North German plain crossed the North Sea and settled in what is now known as Kent.
These people were the Jutes from Jutland.
After the first wave of Jutes came the Angles.
Present day England derives its name from the name “Angle-Land.”
Known as the “hook-men.”
Following the Jutes and the Angles, the next invaders were the Saxons.
Known as the “swords-men.”
What Were the Anglo-Saxons Like?
Fierce in personal valor
Loyal to leader and tribe
Ruled by fate called “wyrd”
•Composed in Old English•Each line is divided by a caesura (a natural pause or break in a line of poetry, is essential for rhythm)•Incorporates kennings (a metaphorical phrase used to replace a concrete noun)•Usually includes a blend of pagan and Christian elements