Angles, and Saxons, and Jutes, Oh My!
Study Guide for Anglo-Saxon/Medieval British Literature
ANGLO-SAXON PERIOD 449 – 1066
Readings: excerpt from Beowulf, “The Seafarer,” and “The Wife’s Lament”
Awesome site for information regarding the entire history of Britain
from before the Celts all the way to present day. It is broken down
into timelines, monarchs, and the various cultures that settled the
British Isles. Very readable. If you are lost—go here!
TERMS: Know the historical and literary significance of each of these terms
as they pertain to the Anglo-Saxon historical period. Some of them
are taken from your text and I will be lecturing on them in class. If
you miss my riveting lecture, please get the notes from a friend
and/or read over the introductory information.
Celts 1066 heroic poetry
Brythons churls elegiac poetry
Gaels thralls epic poetry
Druids vernacular kenning
Normans defeat Saxons The Venerable Bede lyric
Julius Caesar Viking Invaders King Arthur—the real man
55 BCE runes gleemen
earls 449-1066 lament
freemen heroic characteristics Stonehenge
thanes caesura scops
Oral tradition Alfred the Great role of fate/pagans
MEDIEVAL PERIOD 1066-1485
READINGS: “Sir Patrick Spens,” “Bonny Barbara Allan,” “Get Up and Bar the
Door,” The Prologue from The Canterbury Tales, “The Pardoner’s
Tale,” “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” “Le Morte d’ Arthur,”
TERMS/HISTORICAL PEOPLE TO KNOW
Old English Geoffrey Chaucer Sir Thomas Malory
Middle English Miracle Play Arthurian Legend
Modern English Morality Play religious pilgrimages
Feudal System exemplum ballads
Conversion from oral to written chivalry
Thomas Beckett William the Conqueror law of primogeniture
Wars of the Roses King John the Wicked King Harold
King Henry II The Black Death Henry VI
Richard III Tower of London Role of the Church
Daily life in the middle ages Castles
The exam will be worth approximately 130 – 150 points and is comprehensive.
You will need to be familiar enough with each reading to recognize quotations!
Please keep up with the reading and the homework. Review, review, review!!!
If you try to cram for the exam the night before, you will fail it!