10 Interesting Anglo Saxons Facts

Saturday, November 9th 2013. | History

Let’s learn about history in the following Anglo Saxons Facts.  Anglo Saxon is a term used to call the Germanic horder. They invaded the southern and east part of English in the early 5th century AD. When we talk about the Anglo Saxon year, it lasted from 550 to 1066. Find out the complete facts below:

Anglo Saxons Facts 1: old English

The language of Anglo Saxon people is called as old English.  Compared to Middle English language, it has a closer relation with German language.

Anglo Saxons Facts 2: anglo Saxon building

You are wrong if you think that Anglo Saxon building is complicated. It is very simple. Timber is the main material used in the building construction.

Anglo Saxons Helmet

Anglo Saxons Helmet

Anglo Saxons Facts 3: origin

Anglos Saxons come from Demark, Northern Germany and Netherland. The people stayed in Britain for around 500 years.

Anglo Saxons Facts 4: domination

As I have stated before, Britain was invaded by Anglo Saxons in the 5th century. At first, they only built small kingdoms. Eventually they were bigger and dominated the land in Britain.

Anglo Saxons village

Anglo Saxons village

Anglo Saxons Facts 5: Northumbria

Northumbria was the first kingdom which dominated Britain in the beginning of 600s. In 700s, the king of Mercia began to dominate. In 800s, the kingdom of Wessex had the turn to dominate the land. The king of all England was the king of Wessex.

Anglo Saxons Facts 6: Dane invasion

The kingdom in England had to face invasion from Danes in the mid 800s. The kingdom of Wessex was attacked by the Danes in 870s. However, the Wessex won the battle when a young price named Alfred led the Anglo Saxons armies.

Anglo Saxons warrior

Anglo Saxons warrior

Anglo Saxons Facts 7: Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great is one of the important Anglo Saxon leaders. He became a king in 871.  Alfred had a treaty with Danes in 886. They made a deal to have the Saxons ruled with south and west, while the Danes got the east and north.

Anglo Saxons Facts 8: Alfred

King Alfred is a good king. The kingdom of England was ruled by this man. He created a navy, law, stable economy and education.

Anglo Saxons

Anglo Saxons

Anglo Saxons Facts 9: social order

Anglos Saxons had their own social order. The top position is for the king. Then it was the thanes below the kings.

Anglo Saxons Facts 10: slaves in Anglo Saxons England

Anglos Saxon also had slaves. They were the people who sat on the bottom of the social order.

gold coin

gold coin

The ones who helped the king to rule the country were thanes and bishops. The council for thanes was named Witan. The main job for this council was to give the king advice. Do you have any question on facts about Anglo Saxons?

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