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The Anglo-Saxon Period

The Anglo-Saxon Period. 449 A.D. — 1066 A.D. 55 B.C. – 409 A.D. Roman Occupation (55 B.C. – 409 A.D.) The Roman Empire ruled the island of Britain for 400 years and built roads and Hadrian’s Wall , which kept out invaders for centuries.

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The Anglo-Saxon Period

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  1. The Anglo-Saxon Period 449 A.D. — 1066 A.D.

  2. 55 B.C. – 409 A.D.

  3. Roman Occupation (55 B.C. – 409 A.D.) The Roman Empire ruled the island of Britain for 400 years and built roads and Hadrian’s Wall, which kept out invaders for centuries. • After the fall of the Roman Empire, the island was left vulnerable to invasion.

  4. 449 A.D.

  5. Anglo-Saxon Invasion (449 A.D.) The warrior tribes of Angles and Saxons from Germany and the Jutes from Denmark took over. • They gave birth to the English language by meshing their language and warrior culture.

  6. The Angles and Saxons highly valued story-tellers, called scops, who preserved their values and celebrated their heroes. • The Angles and Saxons were united in the 9th century by King Alfred the Great.

  7. 400—699 A.D.

  8. The Spread of Christianity (400 A.D.—699 A.D.) • Christianity was introduced by the Roman Empire. In the fifth century, Christian monks began spreading the faith throughout the island.

  9. Christianity co-existed with the pagan religions until the late 7th century, when it became the dominant religion of Britain.

  10. 1066 A.D.

  11. The Norman Invasion (1066) • William the Conqueror crossed the English Channel and defeated the Anglo-Saxons.

  12. This imposed French culture on the British that imposed a hierarchal society on the British. • It also gave rise to the rivalry between England and France.

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