The History of Leith

August 6, 2007

An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts

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The Anglo-Saxons entered the historical scene in the fifth century CE as pagan Germanic pirates and mercenaries, accompanied by their camp-followers. This was part of a much wider movement of ‘barbarian’ peoples (those living beyond the frontiers of Roman territory) who forced their way into the empire, stimulated by a variety of motives. By the time of the Norman conquest in 1066, Anglo-Saxon England was one of the most sophisticated states of the medieval West, renowned for its cultural and ecclesiastical achievements and possessing complex administrative, legal and financial structures, many aspects of which were preserved by the new Norman élite. for more click here

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