Life in Early Britain: The Anglo-Saxons

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The early inhabitants of Britain lived under harsh conditions. Dark forested areas. Savage neighbors. Wild animals. Life consisted of hunting, fishing, sailing, and feasting. Life demanded a strong people. From those people came a certain ideal of courage. Of honor. Of responsibility.

The Anglo-Saxons settled in Great Britain in the 5th century. They were Germanic tribes from continental Europe, as well as indigenous British groups who “converted” to the Anglo-Saxon culture and language. The Anglo-Saxon period denotes the period of British history between about 450 and 1066, after their initial settlement, and up until the Norman conquest.[Higham, Nicholas J., and Martin J. Ryan. The Anglo-Saxon World. Yale University Press, 2013.] "History of the English Language" “History of the English Language”

The Anglo-Saxon period saw the development of the regional government of shires, a resurgence of Christianity, the growth of literature and language; and the establishment of charters and law.[Higham, Nicholas J., and Martin J. Ryan.

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