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					The Anglo-Saxon Period and the Middle Ages
           Introduction to the Literary Period

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               Key Concept:
          The Anglo-Saxon Legacy
History of the Times

• After the legions of Rome conquered the Celts,
  Roman armies kept Britain free from invaders.
• Troubles at home forced Rome to evacuate its
  soldiers in A.D. 409, opening Britain to invasion.
                Key Concept:
           The Anglo-Saxon Legacy
History of the Times
                • Angle and Saxon clans impose
                  warrior culture on the island
                  for six centuries.
                • Until ninth century, Britain is
                  subject to constant invasions
                  and battles.
                 • King Alfred unites Anglo-Saxons
                   against the invading Danes.
                 • The spread of Christianity helps
                   unify the Anglo-Saxons.
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               The Anglo-Saxon Legacy
    Literature of the Times
•   Anglo-Saxon literature is
    rooted in oral tradition.
•   Poetry, like fighting, hunting,
    and farming, had great
    significance.
•   Bards relied on sound devices
    and repeated phrases to
    remember their tales.
•   Old English epic poem Beowulf
    combines Germanic heroism
    and Anglo-Saxon fatalism.
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The Anglo-Saxon Legacy
      Literature of the Times
      • English emerges as a
        written language.

      • Christian monks copy
        ancient manuscripts,
        preserving classical and
        Anglo-Saxon texts.

      • Historical poems in Anglo-
        Saxon Chronicle detail events
        of early English history.

				
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