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Title: Anglo-Saxons

  • Life

Goals for Lesson 1
In this lesson, we will learn about the
historical and social forces that shaped the
Anglo-Saxon era.
  • We will learn about the everyday life of the

  • Read pages 8-16 of Holt, Rinehart, and Winstons
    Literature of Britain before you continue.
  • I will point out some key highlights that you
    will need to remember for later.

The Angles and Saxons
  • Coming across the North Sea, the Angles and
    Saxons came from Germany to invade Britain.
  • The language of the Angles became the dominant,
    and predecessor, language of modern English.
  • The resident Celtics resisted the invasion. One
    Celtic leader was King Arthur.

The Age of Warriors
  • Anglo-Saxon society developed from the kinship of
    groups. Their leader was known as a lord or king.
  • Loyalty to the lord was the most important trait
    of a warrior.
  • Lords and their warriors were bound to each other
    until death.
  • If the lord were killed, the warriors were bound
    to revenge his death.

Rewards of Loyalty
  • The warriors, called thanes and ceorls, were
    rewarded for their bravery and loyalty with
    treasures (guerdon) of jewelry, weapons, and
    land. This loyalty also provided a close-knit
    community living in small villages. The lord/king
    had his own responsibilities. Click on the link
    to see.

Its a Womans Life
  • With all the fighting, you would think that women
    would have no place. Women actually held personal
    property and land, even after marriage.
  • Women joined religious communities.
  • Women also had chores of gardening, food
    preparation, and clothing manufacturing. What did
    they eat?

The Village
  • The strong sense of loyalty encouraged village
    life. To read more about the village, click on
    the illustrations and read what is written.

Religious Life
  • Many of the Anglo-Saxon gods were brought from
    Germany and closely connected to Scandinavian
  • The most important was Woden, god of poetry and
  • Another important god was Thunor, god of thunder
    and lightning.
  • One important figure was the dragon who protected

Enter Christianity
  • Christianity entered the Anglo-Saxon world with
  • Early missionaries arrived by 432 AD.
  • King Ethelbert was converted to Christianity in
    597 AD.
  • One interesting note about the religious beliefs
    of the Anglo-Saxons is that their religion was
    whatever the king said it was.

The Bard
  • The scop was held in high esteem. His job was as
    important as the warriors.
  • How did they do it? What musical instruments did
    they use?
  • Click on this link to find out.
  • The communal hall (called a meadhall) was the
    place for meals, security, meetings, and
  • The bard, or scop, had the job of

What else did they do for fun?
  • The Anglo-Saxons had many pastimes.
  • Some of their games and sports are similar to our
    own today.
  • Click on the links above. Read what the site says
    about these two topics. Make a note about the
    ones that are similar to modern games and sports.
  • Click on this link to go to the worksheet.
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