Many of us know the term “Anglo-Saxon,” but what exactly does it mean? As a matter of fact, the Anglo-Saxon culture was around for thousands of years, and their presence can still be seen and noticed in modern society.
We may have transitioned into other traditions and norms, but if we just take a brief look back at history, we may discover many connections to the old-school Anglo-Saxons. So, read our list of 10 astounding facts about Anglo-Saxons and see where you can find their influence in your daily life! Are you ready for a little history lesson?
1 The Anglo-Saxons Are Not Gone
Among the British population, there are many people who have distant bloodlines to the Anglo-Saxons.
2 They Held Tribal Traditions
Among those was the idea of tribal lords and elites.
3 Anglo Saxon is Also a Language
You might know it by another name: “Old English.”
4 They Brought Christianity Back
The Anglo-Saxons were the group primarily responsible for re-instituting the Christian religion.
5 They Initiated Certain Forms of Government
For example, the positions of shires and hundreds was all thanks to the Anglo-Saxons.
6 They Were Pioneers
The Anglo-Saxons were responsible for what is today known as the country of England.
7 Who Ended up Taking Them Out?
The Anglo-Saxons were the big guys on campus until the Norman Conquest took them out.
8 They Have a Time Period Named For Them
The Anglo-Saxon period spanned from 450 to 1066.
9 They Were an Interesting Mixture
Essentially, the Anglo-Saxons were a combination of Germanic peoples and indigenous British peoples.
10 They Had Very Early Beginnings
In fact, the earliest known recordings of the Anglo-Saxons dates back to the 5th century.
11. Anglo-Saxon leaders often resorted to raiding and stealing, rather than establishing taxes.
Video: Anglo Saxons Explained in 10 Minutes
There was a time before England was united. This was a time before William the Bastard decided to prove to his contemporaries that his bastard moniker would be erased with a swift conquest of the biggest island northwest of Europe. A time before the Battle of Hastings and the year 1066.
A time when many petty kingdoms ruled, conquered, and were liberated, time and time again, by a specific people group. A people group that is, in fact, a blend of many and that authors of later dates would collectively call the Anglo-Saxons.
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