Five things you probably don’t know about the Anglo-Saxons
They came to Britain after the Romans, and they gave their name to England.
Here are some interesting things that might surprise you about the Anglo-Saxons.
- The first Western scholar to understand the link between the tides and the moon was a monk named Bede, who lived in the early 8th Century.
- An Anglo-Saxon queen of the Midlands directed armies that inflicted devastating defeats upon the Vikings when most others failed.
- The Anglo-Saxons welcomed the greatest teacher of Latin and Greek of his day, an African scholar named Hadrian, who established a renowned school in Canterbury.
- The oldest surviving near-complete Latin bible was produced in what is today Northumberland in the early 8th Century.
- King Offa minted millions of pennies that were so stylistically pleasing and trusted, that the currency remained in circulation for 500 years.
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