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Brit Project_Old English - Timeline of the period AD 449...

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Timeline of the period AD 449 traditional date for the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon settlement c.650 Caedmon 672-735 –The Venerable Bede c.700 First manuscript records of Old English 731 - Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum c.800 Composition of Beowulf c.900 Composition of The Dream of the Rood c.970 Composition of The Wanderer c.1000 – Date of Cotton Manuscript (only surviving manuscript of Beowulf ) 1066 Norman Conquest: William defeats Harold, England comes under French rule Literary highlights of the period Oral tradition o Scops and filis were the oral poets and had a very good standing in society Poetry dominated o Heroic Poetry: (e.g., Beowulf ) “Bravery, loyalty, vengeance, and desire for treasure” o Elegiac poetry: calls into question the heroic attributes and turns thoughts toward heaven Unique poetry elements: o Caesura o Alliteration Strong belief in fate; juxtaposition of the church and pagan perspectives Contains epithets Regular meter
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