What are the characteristics of Anglo Saxon

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Its a big question alright. I think the Norman answer is off a bit, if you are talking about the Anglo Saxons as a people. The name Norman is a shortened form of North Men, who were the descendants of Rollo and his men, Vikings who were bought off by the King of the west Franks in the early 10th century, given land west of the Seine, and east of Brittany, if they'd promise not to steal everything in sight and then burn Paris to the ground. The Saxons originally were from a region in what is now northern Germany, near the west part of the Danish Peninsula. There are three main groups, Angles, Saxons, and Geats, with the latter sometimes called Jutes. They are a Germanic people. In their ordinary life, they raise crops and animals, live in small farms that are usually the home to an entire family. When called upon, the men will go and make war on their enemies. Originally they were pagans. They worshiped multiple gods who were responsible for the world around them, the weather, the soil, illness, fertility, and so forth. In the late 8th century, Charlemagne, in missionary mode, defeated the Saxons living in Germany, and forced them on pain of death to convert to Christianity. When they recanted and went back to their old religion, Charlemagne came back and killed every one in sight until he captured the leader, and forced him to be baptised, with Charlemagne as his godfather. They stayed Christian after that. In the late days of the Roman Empire(400s), when the Eternal City was beginning to feel much less eternal, the Legions, by this time filled with more "barbarian" people than Italians, were recalled to Rome to help defend the cities. In the far reaches of the Empire, in places like Britain, they needed people to defend them against the Scots (in Ireland) and the Picts (in Scotland), so they hired a few Saxon leaders, and had them bring over a few sturdy lads to scare the bad guys away, and fight them if it came to that. At that time the King of the land in the southeast was a man named Vortigern. He brought over a pair of brothers called Hengst and Horsa (mentioned in Beowulf) and after they had driven off the invaders, evidently discovered he'd left his wallet in his other suit. Hengst and Horsa reacted about the way you'd expect a restaurant manager to react, except of course they had a lot of other guys, and they were all carrying things like swords and axes. Not a good day to be Vortigern. What they ended up doing was taking land in exchange for the money they felt they were owed. By the time the end of the 8th Century rolled around (around the time their comrades in Europe were being slaughtered (I mean converted) by Charlemagne), they had pretty much taken most of the country east of Wales and Cornwall, and south of the old Roman wall. There had been a great deal of conversion in England too, by this time. If you read Bede, he tells an interesting story, with some pretty surprising twists. There had been enough conversion in England, to establish very wealthy monasteries and churches, to make the gold and silver, and the people who could be sold as slaves, a very attractive target for the Norse raiders from across the sea. It was conflict with these people that made the history of the period between 792 and the mid 11th Century.