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Anglo Saxons

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Alexander McQuillan

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Anglo Saxons

The Anglo Saxons' Origins
In 410, the crumbling Roman empire could no longer protect England from invaders, or migrating tribes.
Invaders came from northern Germany and settled in modern-day England
These people have come to be known as Anglo Saxons


Anglo Saxon Culture
Authors, Literature, and Artwork
Notable Authors
Beowulf is an example of a famous
piece of literature written during the
Anglo-Saxon era, but had previously been passed on orally
The Anglo-Saxons often used illuminated
manuscripts, which are very ornate
and often utilize precious metals
Literature (Continued)
Two main types of Old English literature
Historic - based loosely on historic events
Beowulf - hero struggling against monsters
Cædmon - one of the earliest known poets
Works written in Latin in the latter part of the Anglo Saxon period
Chronicles the influence of Latin Europe and the rise of the Church
("Anglo Saxon Literature")
Many poems include riddles
"The verse form for Old English poetry is an alliterative line of four stressed syllables and an unfixed number of unstressed syllables broken by a caesura and arranged in one of several patterns. Lines are conventionally end-stopped and unrhymed... A stylistic feature in this heroic poetry is the kenning, a figurative phrase, often a metaphorical compound, used as a synonym for a simple noun, e.g., the repeated use of the phrases whale-road for sea and twilight-spoiler for dragon."
("Anglo Saxon Literature")
Fun Stuff
Anglo Saxon Art
Very few examples remain
Jewelry and metalwork
Combined influence from Germany, Rome, and Celtic culture
Concern for geometric design
Flat areas of color
Complicated interlace patterns

Did not live in cities
Sometimes recycled Roman materials
Small community with a central town hall
Buildings were made out of timber with thatch roofing with the exception of churches as Anglo-Saxons adopted Christianity
By: Sam Furlong, Alex McQuillan, and Josh Meyers
Works Cited
"Anglo Saxon Literature." Iconn.org. EBSCO, 2013. Web. 4 Sept. 2013. <http://ehis.ebscohost.com/eds/detail?sid=b892049e-d0b7-4251-aa1d-1918041a4b38%40sessionmgr115&vid=3&hid=102&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=khh&AN=39043863>. Website.

BBC. "Anglo Saxons." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2013. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/anglo_saxons/>.

Harrison, Julian. "Beowulf." Beowulf. N.p., 26 Mar. 2009. Web. 04 Sept. 2013. <http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/englit/beowulf/>.

James, Edward. "Overview: Anglo-Saxons, 410-800." BBC News. BBC, 2013. Web. 04 Sept. 2013. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/anglo_saxons/overview_anglo_saxons_01.shtml>.

Jones, Niel. "The Anglo Saxons." Iconn.org. EBSCO, 2013. Web. 4 Sept. 2013. <http://ehis.ebscohost.com/eds/detail?vid=2&sid=24fc2d95-e15e-429c-bc63-48cc94fe0f8d%40sessionmgr13&hid=2&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=mfi&AN=53887862>.

Karkov, Catherine E.. "Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Illumination". In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Medieval Studies. 4-Sep-2013. <http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195396584/obo-9780195396584-0113.xml>.

"Saint Bede." Iconn.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Sept. 2013. <http://ehis.ebscohost.com/eds/detail?sid=02aa2aeb-22b6-453a-8556-77afa5b260c1%40sessionmgr110&vid=6&bk=1&hid=107&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=khh&AN=39046530>.

Scragg, Donald. "Fontes: Select Text Author." Fontes: Select Text Author. Fontes Anglo-Saxonici, 1999. Web. 04 Sept. 2013. <http://fontes.english.ox.ac.uk/data/content/astexts/text_auth.asp>.

Fontes Anglo-Saxonici is an online database of authors and information concerning their respective works.

"What Does It Mean to Be English?" Thereisnocavalry. N.p., 13 June 2013. Web. 04 Sept. 2013. <http://thereisnocavalry.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/what-does-it-mean-to-be-english/>.

Natty. "Beowulf vs Sir Gawain." Beowulf VS Sir Gawain. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2013.

Helpful Links
Fontes Anglo-Saxonici Story Information Database: http://fontes.english.ox.ac.uk/data/content/astexts/text_auth.asp
Information on Anglo Saxon Literature: http://ehis.ebscohost.com/eds/detail?sid=b892049e-d0b7-4251-aa1d-1918041a4b38%40sessionmgr115&vid=3&hid=102&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=khh&AN=39043863
Information on Beowulf: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/englit/beowulf/
Information on the Anglo Saxons: http://ehis.ebscohost.com/eds/detail?vid=2&sid=24fc2d95-e15e-429c-bc63-48cc94fe0f8d%40sessionmgr13&hid=2&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=mfi&AN=53887862
And: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/anglo_saxons/overview_anglo_saxons_01.shtml

(The Venerable) Saint Bede
Ælfric (prose author)
Wulfstan (prose author)
("Anglo Saxon Literature")
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