Before moving on, it is important to have a grasp of what we are trying to cover. The question at hand is whether or not we can consider the Anglo-Saxons a barbaric people while using the poem ...
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... at this concept of barbarism I feel the Anglo-Saxons make their break. I feel there is sufficient evidence to suggest there was a system of social order and government among these tribesmen. While their system of government, monarchism, is by no means sophisticated, it is none the less a way of establishing social order. The king of the tribe takes lead, making all the laws and customs by which the people follow. There seems to have been no complaints from the citizens about the way in which the government was handled, at least when using Beowulf as our reference. There are few (if any) descriptions of people running about as if under no guidelines or social decrees. Overall, even though the person in power was changing at an unpredictable rate, the government did a fair job in ruling the people and maintaining social order.
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