Anglo-Saxon And Medieval Period

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The similarities and differences between Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Period Introduction: English literature begins with the Anglo-Saxon settlement in England about 450 A. D. and ends at the year 1066 A. D. when the Normans, led by William the Conqueror, defeated the Anglo-Saxons at the battle of Hastings. The history of England goes far back to the fifth century, with the arrival of Germanic tribes to the United Kingdom. These tribes were the Anglos, the Saxons and the Jutes, whose people later on became known as the Anglo-Saxons. They arrived to the island in boats with a need for land. They settled there and contributed to the birth of what is now England. The Middle Ages was a time of turbulence and change. This time period…show more content…
They are in oral art form and combine entertainment, history, morality, and encouragement in an heroic adventure. The Hero embodies the ideals of the society and is helpless in the hands of fate. Some themes and characteristics are their classification as aristocratic poems dealing mainly with kings and kingship, they present courage, strength and an overarching benevolence as basic virtues, and great loyalty from followers. There is a mix and possibly conflict of Pagan and Christian values and ideas. Finally, there is a clash of different topics or main ideas: human ambition vs God's plan, and good vs evil. Now, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight can be classified as Medieval Romance, verse or prose narrative that usually involves adventurous heroes, idealized love, exotic places, and supernatural events. They are initially from France during the 12th century, and soon spread to England. Many of the best known romances celebrate the legendary King Arthur and his knights who often risk their lives for the love of a noble lady or to uphold the code of behavior known as chivalry. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is considered one of the finest Arthurian romances. The hero is motivated by love faith, honor and adventurousness; characters are idealized or larger than life; the setting is often an exotic place the hero reaches after a long journey; and the plot may involve supernatural events and hidden or mistaken
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