FC: The Anglo-Saxon Story
1: The Anglo-Saxon Story Created by Mr. Paul Historical information provided by BBC.co.uk 2009
2: Three groups, the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, left their homelands of Denmark, Germany, and Holland due to overpopulation. These explorers left in search for a new land to inhabit. They traveled in long boats across the North Sea.
3: The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes occupy the shores of England. England.
4: The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes built five major kingdoms. Anglo-Saxons, as these early settlers were later referred, were highly loyal to their king.
5: Houses were constructed of wood and thatch roofs. Roman ruins were scattered about the countryside. | The Anglo-Saxons lived in small villages with a central meeting place, or mead hall.
6: Men and women performed different work. Men were involved in hunting, fighting and farming. Women's work primarily was sewing and weaving.
7: Anglo-Saxon society was divided by freemen and slaves. Freemen owned property and slaves. Slaves owned nothing and were considered property. Thanes, rich freemen, helped their king rule his kingdom.
8: Early Anglo-Saxons practiced paganism, or the belief in many gods. One extant relic of paganism is Stonehenge.
9: In the late 500s, the Pope sent a monk named Augustine to spread Christianity to the Anglo-Saxon kings. Over the next 200 years, Christianity spread and blended with the pagan elements already present in the society.
10: Kings were the leaders of Anglo-Saxon society. Subjects were loyal to their king. Villagers would create chants or songs in honor of their king.
11: The Anglo-Saxon people were buried with their earthly possessions. Sutton Hoo was a burial site of an Anglo-Saxon king. Archeologists uncovered a buried ship containing several treasures, including the helmet to the left.
12: The Anglo-Saxon mead halls were a gathering place for villagers. They congregated together for fellowship, drinking, and warmth.
13: Mead, a brew from honey, was a popular drink. While they feasted, the people were entertained by the lyre, an Anglo-Saxon equivolent of the guitar.
14: Beowulf is the first English story ever. It is the tale of an epic hero battling three fierce monsters.
15: This is the first page of the original manuscript of Beowulf.