September 6

Anglo Saxon Backgrounds


Beowulf Manuscript: Cotton Vitellius A.15


Timeline in British History


The Role of Monasteries

The Venerable Bede, a scholar at the monastery of Jarrow, writes Ecclesiastical History of the English People (731). The work records story of Caedmon and gives us earliest transcription of an English poem in the vernacular, Caedmon's Hymn.

Bede also records the story of the sparrow in the meadhall (told by advisor of Edwin of Northumbria.)


Germanic Culture