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2: The Heathens | The Heathens worshipped their gods and goddesses for thousands of years before the coming of Christianity. Their gods and goddesses were part of, and ruled practically every aspect of their lives, such as birth, life, death, harvest, earth, sky, love,nature, weather and much more. In the most primitive of times these deities were probably worshipped as natural phenomena, but over the centuries each phenomena developed it's own image and character that, is probably best illustrated in later Norse mythology.

3: Christianity

4: The decline of Anglo Saxon heathonism began around 597 c.e. (common era) with the arrival of the Roman missionary St Augustine on the Isle of Thanet in Kent. The missionaries were sent out on the orders of Pope Gregory, legend says that Pope Gregory, before becoming Pope, noticed some fair-haired boys in a slave market in Rome, and enquired where they were from. He was told that they were Angles and also Heathen, to which (Pope) Gregory replied, "Non Angli, sed angeli", "Not Angles but angels", and on becoming Pope he despatched the missionaries to convert the Anglo-Saxons. The first king in England to greet St Augustine was Ethelbert of Kent.

5: Monastic Life

6: They wrote letters to each other and composed, copied and translated manuscripts in scriptoria and libraries. For instance, Bishop Boniface exchanged letters with an abbess called Leoba while he was on a mission in Germany. Their letters would often concern practical problems, such as the supply of books and clothing, the building of churches, etc. The advice of women like Leoba was sought and appreciated, and the fees for hurting a nun were higher than those for ordinary women. Poverty and chastity were expected from both monks and nuns.

7: GOD

8: BLADDER | Eostre | Frigg | God of Immortality | Goddess of Birth | Goddess of Love

9: Hel | Loki | Saxnot | Goddess of Death | God of Cunning | God of the Family

10: Thunor | Tiw | Wade | God of Thunder | God of War | God of the Sea

11: Wayland | Woden | God of Metalworking | Chief God

12: thE END

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