Anglo-Saxon History and Literature.  449 AD – Britain is invaded by the Anglo- Saxons  1066 AD – The Normans defeat the Saxons; the end of Anglo-Saxon

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  • Anglo-Saxon History and Literature

  • 449 AD Britain is invaded by the Anglo-Saxons1066 AD The Normans defeat the Saxons; the end of Anglo-Saxon leadershipThe Anglo-Saxon invasion signaled the beginning of the English language

  • It is believed that Anglo-Saxons were deep-sea fishermen and farmers

    They had highly organized tribal units with a class system

    Over time, the differences between tribes faded and this intermingling produced a new language, Old English

  • The Anglo-Saxons brought their pagan beliefs to BritainThey believed every human life was in the hands of fate, whereas the Christians believe in a persons ability to choose their fateIn 597, missionaries from the Roman Church were sent to Britain. These missionaries quickly learned that to win over a kingdom, they must only convert the kingChristianity had a great effect on Anglo-Saxon civilization, softening their ferocious and violent ways

  • The church also brought written literature and education to Anglo-Saxon civilizationThe blend of the new Christian ways and the old pagan beliefs are often apparent in Anglo-Saxon literature, including Beowulf

  • The reciting of poems was a part of Anglo-Saxon ceremony and celebration

    Scops and gleemen were professional minstrels, who recited stories and tales of great warriors for the king and his court

    In order to make the performance enjoyable and exciting, the scops used a formula to help them memorize these poems and help their performances stand out

  • Three poetic devices found in Beowulf are:The caesura: A prince of Geats//had killed Grendel A powerful monster //living down in the darkness

    Alliteration: the bright blueberry burst miserable, mighty men tormented

    Kenning: spear play for battle or whale road for ocean

  • Write your own kennings for the following words:

    STAR SHIP WIND