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British Invasions and Beowulf
Vikings Invade Britain 9th century Norse: Scotland, Wales, Ireland Danes: East/South England Sacked, plundered, burned, killed
Results English fought back… …but mid-9th century, most of England was under invaders’ control 871: King Alfred the Great Stopped Danes Made truce dividing England Danes : East & North Anglo-Saxons : South
However… End of 10th century, Danes took over more of England Forced Saxons to select Danish kings 1042: back to a Saxon king, Edward the Confessor Death in 1066 = End of Anglo-Saxon period
The Norman Conquest Normans = “north men” Viking invaders of France William of Normandy stole English throne Normans took control of government Remade England  Feudal system Feudal system = exchange of property for service; all land is king’s; serfs, barons, knights
Anglo-Saxon Literature:Which type is Beowulf? Anglo-Saxon Prose Journals Historical Accounts Anglo-Saxon Poetry Heroic Poetry ElegaicPoetry
Beowulf = Heroic Poetry Epic poem 1st epic poem in English language Considered the national epic of England NOT A TRUE STORY! Reflects dreams, fears of Anglo-Saxons
Beowulf Author unknown Recited as early as 6thcentury, written down 11th Originally in Old English Spoken by Anglo-Saxons 500-1100 Hwæt. We Gardena in gear-dagum, þeodcyninga, þrymgefrunon,huðaæþelingasellenfremedon. Hear me! We've heard of Danish heroes,Ancient kings and the glory they cutFor themselves, swinging mighty swords!
Beowulf Setting : 6th century Scandinavia (NOT England!) Hero : Beowulf Geatfrom today’s  southern Sweden Quest : Fight the monster Grendel Aid Danish King Hrothgar in Herot
Grendel Bloodthirsty villain Terrifying swampland creature Terrorizing Herot for 12 years
“The Wrath of Grendel” Today’s reading Celebration at Herot, Hrothgar’s banquet hall Outside, Grendel is lurking…

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Beowulf

  • 2. Vikings Invade Britain 9th century Norse: Scotland, Wales, Ireland Danes: East/South England Sacked, plundered, burned, killed
  • 3. Results English fought back… …but mid-9th century, most of England was under invaders’ control 871: King Alfred the Great Stopped Danes Made truce dividing England Danes : East & North Anglo-Saxons : South
  • 4. However… End of 10th century, Danes took over more of England Forced Saxons to select Danish kings 1042: back to a Saxon king, Edward the Confessor Death in 1066 = End of Anglo-Saxon period
  • 5. The Norman Conquest Normans = “north men” Viking invaders of France William of Normandy stole English throne Normans took control of government Remade England  Feudal system Feudal system = exchange of property for service; all land is king’s; serfs, barons, knights
  • 6. Anglo-Saxon Literature:Which type is Beowulf? Anglo-Saxon Prose Journals Historical Accounts Anglo-Saxon Poetry Heroic Poetry ElegaicPoetry
  • 7. Beowulf = Heroic Poetry Epic poem 1st epic poem in English language Considered the national epic of England NOT A TRUE STORY! Reflects dreams, fears of Anglo-Saxons
  • 8. Beowulf Author unknown Recited as early as 6thcentury, written down 11th Originally in Old English Spoken by Anglo-Saxons 500-1100 Hwæt. We Gardena in gear-dagum, þeodcyninga, þrymgefrunon,huðaæþelingasellenfremedon. Hear me! We've heard of Danish heroes,Ancient kings and the glory they cutFor themselves, swinging mighty swords!
  • 9. Beowulf Setting : 6th century Scandinavia (NOT England!) Hero : Beowulf Geatfrom today’s southern Sweden Quest : Fight the monster Grendel Aid Danish King Hrothgar in Herot
  • 10. Grendel Bloodthirsty villain Terrifying swampland creature Terrorizing Herot for 12 years
  • 11. “The Wrath of Grendel” Today’s reading Celebration at Herot, Hrothgar’s banquet hall Outside, Grendel is lurking…