The period refers to the settlers from the German regions of Anglo and Saxony. The settlers made a way to Britain after the fall of Roman Empire during AD of 410. From the late 5th century, Anglo-Saxons began to inhabit the area. Consequently the Anglo-Saxons brought their own religions belief. But most of them converted to Christianity when Saint Augustine arrived in 597. The period of Anglo-Saxons ended for 600 years i.e 410 to 1066. During that period many changes were appeared in Britain with respect to the political scene.
The old English literary works were developed like epic poetry, hagiography, sermons, Bible translations, legal works, chronicles, riddles etc. Out of them 400 surviving manuscripts are existed. The most famous work is Beowulf which mentioned as status of Britain. The Anglo-Saxon arrival ended the Britain’s involvement with Roman culture and institutions. The Anglo-Saxons almost entirely by non-British teachers such as Irish, Frankish Gaul, Rome etc. The achievement of the Anglo-Saxon was remarkable with respect to cultural, religions, economic, political, art, architecture etc.
The Anglo-Saxon literature has gone for research for the different periods i.e. 19th and early 20th century,
literary merits and at present on paleography. The period in literature was described as Old English particularly for the period of 650 to 1100. Some familiar works include Widsith, Beowulf and Caedmon. The work Widsith is one of the earliest Old English poems belong to 7th century. With respect of Beowulf, it belongs to oldest surviving Germanic epic and longest important poem in Old English. It was composed by Christian poet.
The arrival of Saint Augustine in AD 597 much linked with Sub-Roman Britain and history of Britain from the end of Roman Imperial rule. It is attracted the academic and popular debate. The written material such as Saint Patric and Gildas available for the period. The highlighting the Christianity at the time was contributed by Patrick’s Confessio.