Anglo-Saxon Outline
Trivia from 449-1066
307-1 B.C. : Roman Government
• Well before the Anglo-Saxons, Rome
already had a balanced government.
• A republic had been created as early as
509 B.C., with a senate of distinguished
citizens and assemblies made up of citizen
A.D. 1-399 : London
• London grew from 2 ancient cities:
– the City of London and
– the City of Westminster
• The Romans established the City of
London as a trading center; a thousand
years later, the City of Westminster (a
few miles away) served as the residential
area for London’s elite.
500-599 : Japanese Religion
• Shinto, which involves worship of the
gods found in nature and ancestors, is the
native religion of Japan; however, many
who practice Shinto are open to other
beliefs as well.
• In the 5th Century, the Japanese began
importing Buddhism from China and
• Today, about 75% of the Japanese
practice Buddhism, a religion that seeks
the attainment of spiritual freedom and
inner peace.
500-599 : Paper, Books, and
Printing in China
• The Chinese had been writing books on
bamboo by 1000 B.C.
• They had invented paper by A.D. 105.
• They were printing books by A.D. 591.
• By 1045, they had invented movable type
700-799 : The Moors
• The Moors were from northwestern Africa.
• After they converted to Islam, they
conquered Spain with the Arabs in the
700s and ruled there during the Middle
800-899 : Alfred the Great
• In addition to being the only ruler able to
successfully resist Danish invasions, he
was a patron of learning who furthered the
education of his people.
• He invited scholars to spent time at his
• He, himself, translated scholarly works.
900-1066 : Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
• The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a history
book about England from the beginning of
the Christian era until the middle of the
12th Century.
• It’s the first important prose (nonfiction)
work written in English.