Presentation on theme: "The Anglo-Saxons. When the Romans left Britain in 410 A.D., a new group of people came in ships across the North Sea. These people were the Anglo-Saxons,"— Presentation transcript:
When the Romans left Britain in 410 A.D., a new group of people came in ships across the North Sea. These people were the Anglo-Saxons, and they were a mixture of people from north Germany, Denmark and northern Holland.
Farmers, sailors, iron smiths, woodworkers Lived in villages Houses built from wood Clothes made from woolen cloth or animal skins Men: tunics with tight trousers or leggings Women: long dresses
Gatherings and feasts took place in great halls Loved tales about brave warriors Music often played to accompany stories and poems (harp or lyre) Enjoyed riddles for entertainment
Anglo-Saxons at War Armies usually small, with only a few hundred men Soldiers had spears, axes, swords and bows and arrows Helmets and wooden shields Fought on foot during a battle
Religion Anglo-Saxons arrived in Britain as Pagans, but gradually converted to Christianity. Paganism: represents a wide variety of traditions that emphasize reverence for nature and a revival of ancient polytheistic and animistic religious practices. Polytheism: the belief in or worship of more than one god. Animism: the belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena
Kennings Literary devices in which a poetic phrase substitutes for a noun Provides powerful imagery that helps the audience focus on the words of the scop, or poet telling the story