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    The Anglo-Saxon Period

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    The Anglo Saxon period is the oldest known period of time that had a complex culture with stable government, art, and a fairly large amount of literature. Many people believe that the culture then was extremely unsophisticated, but it was actually extremely advanced for the time. Despite the many advancements, the period was almost always in a state of war. Despite this fact, the Anglo-Saxon period is a time filled with great advancements and discoveries in culture, society, government, religion

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    The Anglo-Saxons are a people that are almost entirely unknown to the world today. Their society flourished a thousand years ago, after the fall of the Roman empire and very few remnants of their life remain. As such, the only glimpse of these people lies within their literature: the poems and letters remaining from the time. However, understanding the writings of any society requires a knowledge of the context and culture behind them. This creates a devastating paradox in which it becomes nearly

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    In the poem Beowulf, we see the Anglo-Saxon hero. Beowulf, the protagonist, embodies the honor of the Anglo-Saxon culture and tradition. The poem in itself is an elegant script of Anglo-Saxon times. Composed in 8th or 9th century, the epic was passed down from generation to generation orally and has no known author. The Anglo-Saxon hero was a warrior. Beowulf, the Geat, helps Hrothgar the king of Danes by fighting against Grendel, the evil monster. Through his remarkably brave, inhumanly strong

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    Anglo Saxon Poems

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    To begin, in the Anglo Saxon time period, the people thought much differently about what was good and what was bad. They had strong beliefs in things they where suppose to do before they die. One major belief is that you need to achieve some kind of glory before you pass away. This was for you and for the people around you. You needed something for the people of your town and those who know you, to remember you by forever after you are long gone. They had much respect for the older people around

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    Anglo Saxon society revolves around violence: constant fighting, the revenge ethic, pride in battle. Despite seeming like the most qualified leader would take the throne, warrior kings inherently were driven by these same values to be overly prideful and violent. This is apparent in Beowulf, where Beowulf himself can not manage to both follow this warrior code and successfully survive. Despite doing everything he can to be a good king, his need for honor and glory drives him to make reckless decisions

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    and The Anglo-Saxon Culture In this essay, I will uncover the countless insights that can be learned about the characters in Beowulf, as well as the society as a whole, based on the weapons chosen to use in battle by the characters. During the Anglo-Saxon time, roughly between 400 and 1066, the most precious weapon someone could own was a sword. Although it is not certain when, and by whom, Beowulf was written; many people believe it was composed in the middle to end of the Anglo-Saxon period

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    Anglo Saxon Literature

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    Anglo Saxon Literature W Y R D The word wyrd generally means fate in Anglo Saxon literature. It is one of the recurrent themes in many old English works. For example, wyrd is seen as the force that determines the result of events in Beowulf. In another story, “The Wanderer,” wyrd is mentioned several times. In the first few lines, the speaker states that “fully-fixed is his fate” (Norton 100). This shows that wyrd is unchangeable. Then, he goes on to say “Words of a weary heart may not withstand

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    William Butler Yeats stated that, “Supreme are is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truths, passed on from age to age….” When he said this, he is most definitely talking about the Anglo-Saxon era and their style of writing. The Anglo-Saxons were very into warriors and heroes and how heir stories are handed down from generation to generation. When these stories were written down, monks wrote them down. The monks then added parts about God and the heavens, and about all the religious

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    Anglo-Saxon Myths and Superstitions The Anglo-Saxons consisted of four Germanic tribes that migrated to Great Britain: the Angles, the Jutes, the Frisians and the Saxons. These four Germanic tribes were inhabitants of Great Britain during the 5th century. Before the Anglo-Saxons were introduced to Christianity, they practiced the belief in multiple God’s, fate (they actually coined the term fate) and monsters. With evidence found in the literary works of the Anglo-Saxons, historians can conclude

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    Beowulf reflect the Anglo-Saxons? In the poem, Beowulf, Anglo Saxon influences are very prominent and seeped into their literature. The hero, a norse Thane from Geatland, becomes a legend after committing heroic deeds and overcoming strenuous tasks. It is known for being one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature and has no known author. Since they lived in tight communities that often had to fend off invaders, the main ideals of comitatus kept the Anglo-Saxons from collapsing as a

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