Posted by: secretperson | November 22, 2007

Anglo-Saxon Cemetery Found

Check this out from the BBC. Described as ‘the most dramatic find of Anglo-Saxon material for generations’, it’s got very little attention and dropped off the page quickly. Now I never learned much about the Anglo-Saxons at school, apart from the Norman conquest, but they had a fascinating civilisation, far from the dark ages often imagined.

In producing a national story around which pre-existing national sentiment can form, the Scots often seemed to look to Braveheart. And Mel Gibson is no historian. But it proves that when national identity is on the rise people look to the past as well as the future. And the Anglo-Saxons are an important part of England’s past, the origin of the country in fact! And the name of the country, its language and most of its people.

Now obviously this is no place for a history lesson from me, but check out Regia Anglorum, a team of Anglo-Saxon re-enactment team who have a lot of information on their site if you’re interested. This is stuff all proud English people should be interested in, and anyone who just enjoys learning about history.

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  1. Take a look at this review of Alfred the Great on the recently ended 18DS – it has more on this subject. I’m meaning to read the book some time.

    (The link is experimental – I’ll only know if it works after posting … )

  2. Thanks for the link, I haven’t watched it yet (it’s uploading very slowly) but it seems to work. I actually have the book by Justin Pollard, the guy interviewed here. It’s an interesting overview of my tip for Greatest Englishman.

  3. Don’t forget the other Angles who aren’t in England any more! The south-east of Scotland is as English in descent as England itself. At one time, when Alfred was burning cakes, the only English land not ruled by the Vikings was Bernicia – that’s the area south of the Forth and north of the Tweed!

  4. You are right Andrew, something the ‘Celtic fringes’ often forget up in their capital city of Edwin’s Burgh. I think Bernicia may have extended even further south as far as the Tees, not the Tweed!


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