Journal of the Anglo-Saxons
By: Ben Nelson
Ben Nelson
Period 1
February 6, 2011
TT Journal Entries
Dear Journal,
What a great many changes my culture is undergoing. ...
Dear Journal,
Our culture is thriving! We are effectively farming the land, I think our year’s
crops will be plentiful. A ...
Dear Journal,
A nice man named Augustine has come over the channel to spread the word about
a man named Jesus and his fath...
Dear Journal,
Our land of England is coming together as a whole, as it must in order to
withstand the might of the Danes. ...
Dear Journal,
Political standings have changed, as the four kingdoms of Mercia, Northumbria,
Wessex, and East Anglia have ...
Dear Journal,
This is the first time I have dared venture from the safety of home, the reason
being of great news. There h...
Dear Journal,
It is a joyful day in Wessex, for our own king Egbert has taken control of Wessex
from Mercia. However, this...
Dear Journal,
The rain of blood has come! Wessex is the only kingdom still standing against the
Danes, with King Alfred at...
Dear Journal,
I am so glad that my heart was right! If you don’t know where the happiness is
coming from, it is from the g...
Dear Journal,
Why is it that there is so much chaos after a long period of peace? After Alfred’s
death, there were lines o...
Works Cited
 "The Anglo-Saxons." BBC. BBC, n.d. Web. 6 Feb 2011.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/anglo_saxons/saxon...
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  1. 1. Journal of the Anglo-Saxons By: Ben Nelson
  2. 2. Ben Nelson Period 1 February 6, 2011 TT Journal Entries Dear Journal, What a great many changes my culture is undergoing. The fall of the Roman Empire is imminent, and as a result, the Romans are withdrawing from their island outpost near our homeland. Our chief decided to try settling in that area, as the weather there can’t be much worse than it is here. As I found out from many people, everyone was quite eager to get going. The chief had us cross the channel that day, and we came upon a ruined settlement surrounded by trees, most likely that of the Romans. We settled there, and I spent my night in a stone structure that was probably a chapel at one point. My suspicions were confirmed about whose settlement this used to be when I came across a single red thread, probably from a cape. It was a Roman settlement. Date: 449A.D.
  3. 3. Dear Journal, Our culture is thriving! We are effectively farming the land, I think our year’s crops will be plentiful. A blade of the greenest grass shows the excellence of the soil. The Roman legacy has left its mark here, but we are replacing Roman culture with our Saxony culture. Our neighbors to the north, the Angles, seem okay and I think we will get along with them, as they have many of our cultural traits because we are both Germanic tribes. As soon as we arrived in this land now called England, we started replacing Roman things with Saxon things. It is a tedious task, but we will have it done soon. After all, we can’t let the Romans rule us even after their empire crumbled! Date: 489A.D.
  4. 4. Dear Journal, A nice man named Augustine has come over the channel to spread the word about a man named Jesus and his father, who is God. I walked up to him and asked, “Have you any proof?” He replied confidently, “The proof is all around you, even in this little pebble. Who else could have made something so wondrous?” I pocketed the pebble and decided to keep it as a reminder of this encounter. I later found out that that man’s ideas were liked and spread like a Danish invasion. Date: 597A.D.
  5. 5. Dear Journal, Our land of England is coming together as a whole, as it must in order to withstand the might of the Danes. The kingdoms being formed are those of Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, and Wessex, which is where I am living right now. Just the other day Vikings raided a neighbor settlement, which by the time we got there it looked more like the coals of a cooking fire. We searched for survivors, but alas there was only one, a man named Ablendan, which means blind in our language of Old English. “Oh, the screams! My family and friends! The screams!” he ranted. I personally put him in bed and calmed him. When I put him in bed however, I found a brown button that didn’t match his clothes. It must have been from a family member. That poor man, I wonder what our fate is with the Danes? Date: 674A.D.
  6. 6. Dear Journal, Political standings have changed, as the four kingdoms of Mercia, Northumbria, Wessex, and East Anglia have been put under the control of a powerful Mercian king named Offa. Now, he is a good king to unite all of England. Maybe he can fight off the invasions of foreigners, that would be a nice occurence. The shire reeve (governor) of our area has to travel to Mercia, because Offa is changing laws and needs authoritative figures there. The shire reeve stopped by our town for the night and told the town, “I will be gone for only three weeks to get to know our newly crowned king. I have high hopes for the future of England under his rule.” At this statement there was lots of cheering and drinks all around. I hope the shire reeve is right. Date: 758A.D.
  7. 7. Dear Journal, This is the first time I have dared venture from the safety of home, the reason being of great news. There has been talk that Offa has started to make a dike that stretches across the Welsh border! I am amazed, because I am there right now watching the construction of it commence. This may be one of our greatest successes to repel foreign attack. I must get some dirt from it in order to prove of this wonder’s existence. As I watch, I can see how much organization has gone to this project, there must be thousands working on it! I will go and see if I can help contribute in the work. Date: 786A.D.
  8. 8. Dear Journal, It is a joyful day in Wessex, for our own king Egbert has taken control of Wessex from Mercia. However, this joy is not meant to last because of recent tidings from a lone horseman. Proof of this encounter lies in the gray hairs of the horse’s flank under this journal entry. He said, “This is an unhappy time for us, as the Norwegians and the Danes are attacking our eastern and northern borders!” Very bad indeed, as both cultures, especially the Danes, are good in the art of war. We are losing land as they take out the unprotected settlements of Northumbria. The only thing the people of Wessex can do is pray that the rain of blood does not come to the south. Date: 827A.D.
  9. 9. Dear Journal, The rain of blood has come! Wessex is the only kingdom still standing against the Danes, with King Alfred at our head. The Danes have pushed us into the Athelney marshes in a corner of Wessex! All seems lost, I hope, for the sake of our people that Alfred knows what he is doing. In fact, just the other day I swear I saw him walk through the mud of the marsh. “Is that you King Alfred?” However, I did not get an answer back. Whoever it was, I felt sorry for him; it was as if he was about to lose something close to him. But this encounter has made me even more determined to defeat the Danes, and I believe we have just a big enough chance, because Alfred is an excellent tactician and warrior. Date: 877A.D.
  10. 10. Dear Journal, I am so glad that my heart was right! If you don’t know where the happiness is coming from, it is from the good news that Alfred the Great drove out the Danes from Wessex and there is now peace in the land. I even have part of a feather of the last arrow shot in the war! He has also turned Wessex into an easily defendable area, improved our navy, and has contributed greatly to our culture through literature as well. Alfred the Great has taken us from darkness to our golden age, truly he is great. Date: 892A.D.
  11. 11. Dear Journal, Why is it that there is so much chaos after a long period of peace? After Alfred’s death, there were lines of weak rulers, leading the leadership of the Danes over Wessex. That’s right, the Danes. After the Danish rulers there was Edward the Confessor, and after him, there was a battle between King Harold and William, the Duke of Normandy. William won, and so our beautiful Anglo-Saxon rule over England ended with the Norwegians taking over. Date: 1066A.D.
  12. 12. Works Cited  "The Anglo-Saxons." BBC. BBC, n.d. Web. 6 Feb 2011. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/anglo_saxons/saxons.shtml >.  "Baby Names." Birthcare. Birthcare, 2008. Web. 6 Feb 2011. <http://www.mybirthcare.com/favorites/pg1/Anglo-Saxon-names.asp>.  Ross, David. "Early Anglo-Saxon Britain." Britain Express. Britain Express Limited, n.d. Web. 6 Feb 2011. <http://www.britainexpress.com/History/Anglo-Saxon_Britain.htm>.  "History of High Sheriffs." The High Sheriffs' Association of England & Wales. High Sheriff's Association of England and Wales, 2010. Web. 6 Feb 2011. <http://www.shrievalty-association.org.uk/History.htm>.  Ross, David. "Alfred the Great." Britain Express. Britain Express Limited, n.d. Web. 6 Feb 2011. <http://www.britainexpress.com/History/Alfred_the_Great.htm>.  Ross, David. "Ethelred, the Danes, and the Confessor." Britain Express. Britain Express Limited, n.d. Web. 6 Feb 2011. <http://www.britainexpress.com/History/Ethelred_the_Danes_and_the_Confe ssor.htm>.

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