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Most of what is known about Anglo-Saxon [[clothing]] has been learned through [[manuscript]]s and archaeological finds. In appearance it seems very similar to contemporary continental clothing. [[Wool]] and common natural colours predominated, although for the upper classes more exotic [[dye]]s and [[fabric]]s were often used.
 
Most of what is known about Anglo-Saxon [[clothing]] has been learned through [[manuscript]]s and archaeological finds. In appearance it seems very similar to contemporary continental clothing. [[Wool]] and common natural colours predominated, although for the upper classes more exotic [[dye]]s and [[fabric]]s were often used.
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===Equipment for Combat===
 
===Equipment for Combat===
 
''Main article: [[Saxon fighting kit]]''
 
''Main article: [[Saxon fighting kit]]''
 
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Revision as of 01:04, 12 September 2007

The Anglo-Saxon period of England lasted roughly from the 5th century until the defeat of Harold Godwinson in 1066.

History

At the beginning of the 6th century England was populated by Brythonic Celts and a migrant population of Angles, Saxons and Danes. These groups gradually encroached, supported by further immigration from mainland Europe, displacing the British population. With the remnants of Celtic power pushed to the west in Wales, Cumbria and Cornwall, numerous Anglo-Saxon kingdoms began to emerge. The seven most powerful, known as the Heptarchy, were successively united by war, until in 829 Egbert was named King of all England.

Time

The Anglo-Saxon period in England can divided into three periods:

  • 410-650 - Early Anglo-Saxon Period
  • 650-800 - Middle Anglo-Saxon Period
  • 800-1066 - Late Anglo-Saxon England

Language

Main article: Old English

The Old English language spoken by the Anglo-Saxons was a West Germanic language, related to Old Frisian and Old-Saxon.

Names

Main article: Old English Names

Arts and Sciences

Music and poetry

Main article: Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Very little is known about Anglo Saxon music, as only a small amount was ever written down. Several instruments are known about, some through archaeological digs.

Anglo-Saxon poetry was mainly alliterative but end rhyme was sometimes used as in, for example, the Riming Poem.

Fibre arts

Clothing

Main article: Anglo-Saxon clothing

Most of what is known about Anglo-Saxon clothing has been learned through manuscripts and archaeological finds. In appearance it seems very similar to contemporary continental clothing. Wool and common natural colours predominated, although for the upper classes more exotic dyes and fabrics were often used.

Equipment for Combat

Main article: Saxon fighting kit