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Saxon cross  Anglo-Saxon paganism refers to the religious beliefs and practices followed by the Anglo-Saxons between the fifth and eighth centuries AD, during the initial period of Early Medieval England.

Saxon cross Anglo-Saxon paganism refers to the religious beliefs and practices…

Anglo-Saxon 'florid' cruciform brooch, copper-alloy, of the 6th century AD. Pinned from an auction website, allegedly from an old collection. The rivet holes below the bow suggest that it was once broken and repaired.

Anglo-Saxon 'florid' cruciform brooch, copper-alloy, of the century AD. Pinned from an auction website, allegedly from an old collection. The rivet holes below the bow suggest that it was once broken and repaired.

Aethelstan - King of the Anglo-Saxons from 924-927 and King of the English 927-939

Aethelstan - King of the Anglo-Saxons from and King of the English

Cuddesdon Bowl: Anglo-Saxon glass bowl from Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire. This early seventh-century Anglo-Saxon bowl, probably made in Kent, was discovered in 1847 in Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire. It was found in the grave of an Anglo-Saxon of noble rank, during alterations to the Bishop of Oxford’s palace. The bowl subsequently went missing and was re-discovered in 1971 in a house in Leicestershire, where it was being used as flower vase.

cuddesdon bowl ~ anglo-saxon glass bowl from cuddesdon, oxfordshire, early seventh-century

Very fine example of a late Anglo-Saxon sword found at Abingdon in Oxdordshire.

Very fine example of a late Anglo-Saxon sword found at Abingdon in Oxdordshire.

Left: Anglo-Saxon nobleman is wearing an embroidered tunic/ bliaud over a chemise with embroidered sherte (the word shirt comes from it), a chemise type garment with sleeves, mantle, cross-gartered breeches.  Right: noblewoman wears embroidered bliaud over chemise with cuffs. she wears mantle and headrail. fitted waist by lacings down the back.  (11th C)

This showcases a nobleman wearing an embroidered tunic/ a chemise type garment with sleeves, mantle,and breeches. This also shows a noblewoman wearing an embroidered bliaud, a chemise with cuffs, and she also has a mantle as her headdress.

Alfred the Great, King of the Anglo-Saxons. (849 – 26 October 899) (Old English: Ælfrēd, Ælfrǣd, "elf counsel") was King of Wessex from 871 to 899.  Alfred successfully defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest, and by the time of his death had become the dominant ruler in England.

Alfred the Great 849 – 26 Oct 899 (Old English: Ælfrēd, Ælfrǣd, "elf counsel") King of Wessex from 871 to He defended his kingdom against the Vikings, and became the dominant ruler in England.

Late Anglo-Saxon/Viking 'Saltire' Enamelled Disc Brooch Copper-alloy, 6.36 grams, 24.59 mm. 10th-11th century AD.

Late Anglo-Saxon/Viking 'Saltire' Enamelled Disc Brooch Copper-alloy, 6.36 grams, 24.59 mm. 10th-11th century AD.

BBC - Primary History - Anglo-Saxons - Kings and laws

Researchers at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, estimate that English people are of one-third Anglo-Saxon ancestry.

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