Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Interesting Facts about the Anglo-Saxons


The Saxons got their name from their short sword called the scramasax.

The Saxons are Germanic invaders of England (5th century), which were comprised of three peoples:  the Saxons, the Angles, and the Jutes.  (The Angles became the English).

When the Anglo-Saxons ousted the Britons, they shied away from Roman towns, preferring to live in small villages.

 The Anglo-Saxons did not believe in bathing, and monks only bathed five times a year.

 The Anglo-Saxons put sheepskins around their beds to get rid of fleas.

Anglo-Saxon women owned property and possessions, retaining ownership after marriage.

The Anglo-Saxon language is referred to as Old English.

The Anglo-Saxons were pagans until they were converted to Christianity by Saint Augustine in the 6th century.

 The Anglo-Saxon age lasted 600 years (410-1066).

 The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of annals chronicling Anglo-Saxon history , created during the reign of Alfred the Great (9th century).


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