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History: Anglo-Saxons

History: Anglo-Saxons

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Anglo-Saxon (Old English) Anglo-Saxon is the language that was spoken more than a thousand years ago in the southern part of what is now England. It is also called Old English and is the mother tongue from which Modern English is descended. But to speakers of Modern English it looks like an entirely different language.

Anglo-Saxon Anglo-Saxon, term used historically to describe any member of the Germanic peoples who, from the 5th century ce to the time of the Norman Conquest (1066), inhabited and ruled territories that are today part of England and Wales. According to St. Bede the Venerable, the Anglo-Saxons were the descendants of three different Germanic peoples—the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes. By Bede’s account, those peoples originally migrated from northern Germany to the island of Britain in the 5th century at the invitation of Vortigern, a ruler of Britons, to help defend his kingdom against marauding invasions by the Picts and Scotti, who occupied what is now Scotland. Archaeological evidence suggests that the first migrants from the Germanic areas of mainland Europe included settlers from Frisia and antedated the Roman withdrawal from Britain about 410 ce. The peoples of each of the various Anglo-Saxon kingdoms spoke distinctive dialects, which evolved over time and together became known as Old English.

Electronic Beowulf-Digital Collections Inventory Council on Library Resources Commission on Preservation and Access Preliminary Results Electronic Beowulf: British Library Who were the Anglo-Saxons? The Angle, Saxon, and Jute are known as the Anglo-Saxons. The Angles and the Saxon tribes were the largest of the three attacking tribes and so we often know them as Anglo-Saxons. They shared the same language but were each ruled by different strong warriors.

Beowulf at the British Library Beowulf: sole surviving manuscriptBritish Library Cotton MS Vitellius A.XV, f.132Copyright © The British Library BoardA high-quality version of this image can be purchased from British Library Images Online. For more information email imagesonline@bl.ukBuy this print What is Beowulf? Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest.

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Online Medieval and Classical Library Release #17 Originally compiled on the orders of King Alfred the Great, approximately A.D. 890, and subsequently maintained and added to by generations of anonymous scribes until the middle of the 12th Century. The original language is Anglo-Saxon (Old English), but later entries are essentially Middle English in tone. Beowulf Study Guide A Study Guide Roy M. Liuzza Department of English University of Tennessee, Knoxville 301 McClung Tower Knoxville, TN 3796-0430 Chaucer 341 Course Page @ Virginia Military Institute This website is a link on the Chaucer Metapage Here are some Internet resources for the study of Chaucer Chaucer Bibliographies Studies in the Age of Chaucer (SAC) Bibliography - This is one of the most useful tools available for the study of Chaucer, a searchable, annotated bibliography of every book and article written about Chaucer since 1975 (a few items go back to 1973).

Witchcraft Documents [15th Century] Back to Medieval Source Book | ORB Main Page | Links to Other Medieval Sites | The really intense period of persecution of witches did not come until the late 16th and 17th centuries. The basic doctrines of the later witchcraze were laid down in documents of the later medieval period. These documents built on longstanding folk beliefs which were put in vaguely academic dress. There has been much recent discussion of whether witches actually existed. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Questions Education: Ph.D., University of MichiganB.A., M.A., University of Kentucky Teaching: English Composition I and IIBritish Literature Survey I and IIRomantic LiteratureVictorian LiteratureModern British LiteratureAnglo-Irish LiteratureIrish Myth and Folklore Teaching and Research Areas:

E211 Guide to Chaucer Pronunciation E211: British Literature to 1760 Pronouncing Chaucer's English Alfred Drake | Uni Hall 329 | W 3-4 | The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400) [Chaucer Biography] GEOFFREY CHAUCER, English poet. The name Chaucer, a French form of the Latin calcearius, a shoemaker, is found in London and the eastern counties as early as the second half of the 13th century. Some of the London Chaucers lived in Cordwainer Street, in the shoemakers' quarter; several of them, however, were vintners, and among others the poet's father John, and probably also his grandfather Robert. Legal pleadings inform us that in December 1324 John Chaucer was not much over twelve years old, and that he was still unmarried in 1328, the year which used to be considered that of Geoffrey's birth. The poet was probably born from eight to twelve years later, since in 1386, when giving evidence in Sir Richard le Scrope's suit against Sir Robert Grosvenor as to the right to bear certain arms, he was set down as "del age de xl ans et plus, armeez par xxvij ans."

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