S: Anglo Saxon Religion
FC: Anglo Saxon Religion Colton Bowers
1: Early | Anglo | Saxon | Religion
3: The earliest Anglo-Saxons were Germanic tribes which invaded the Southeastern part of Great Britain in the early 5th century. They were made up of three distinct groups: The Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes.
4: The early Anglo-Saxons were pagans, which means they worshiped and sacrificed to many gods. The Anglo-Saxons had gods for every faucet of life. The mightiest of their gods was Thor, the lightening wielder. (left) Thor possessed a magical hammer, Mjollnir, with which he threw lightening bolts whenever he became angry. This caused the pagans to sacrifice to him constantly, trying to appease him.
6: Later | Anglo | Saxon | Religion
7: The first recorded attempt at converting the Anglo-Saxons came in 595 AD , when Pope Gregory the First decided to send missionaries to England to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity.
8: The missionaries arrived in Kent, England in 597 AD, where it quickly gained success. within a few years the church had semi-converted the majority of the populace of Kent, including its king, around 600 AD.
9: However, the people of Kent soon reverted back to their old ways, and a half pagan, half Christian lifestyle went on until 640 AD, when King Eorcenberht commanded that all pagan idols were to be removed and destroyed immediately. Also, he ordered that the country observed Lent. It is documented that Eorcenberht was converted almost 16 years before this order, but the majority of the people were openly still worshiping their heathen gods alongside of the Christian God.
10: However, while the people of Kent took to Christianity rather quickly, the conversions of the other parts of England: Northumbria, Mercia, Sussex, Wessex, and the Isle of Wight, did not occur until much later, towards the end of the 7th century.
11: All this accumulated into what we now know as present day Great Britain.
13: A modern day depiction of the Devil