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  • 1. Ben Nelson<br />Period 1<br />December 8, 2010<br />TT Persuasive Essay<br />Why not to go Anglo-Saxon England<br />Picture this: A field of rolling hills, sunny and warm, but very quickly the sun goes away and the wind blows while it gets freezing cold. If that is not enough, it then starts pouring rain worse than in Germany. This is what a person would encounter while visiting Anglo-Saxon England. The bad weather would not be the only thing that would make Anglo-Saxon England a dismal place to visit, but also the war-like people and the primitive technology makes<br /> it even less desirable.<br />Weather is always a factor when visiting an area, and weather in England at any time is unpredictable. Sometimes it is warm in England, but more often than not it is rainy or overcast. Rainy or overcast weather makes for a bad and even depressing visit, and to add to the weather, the temperature is usually freezing. If this were all of Anglo-Saxon England’s flaws, then it would be fine to go there. However, the people who lived there were not very civilized.<br />The Anglo-Saxons were a mainly primitive people whose culture revolved around war. They hated peace, and would settle differences between tribes through blood feuds. Fighting was the Anglo-Saxons’ way of life, and they rarely united together, except in the case of a larger war task, such as resisting invasions from foreign people. The Anglo-Saxons also had a large slave trade, enslaving their enemies and people who could not pay off a debt. These conditions made a hostile environment, and any visitors would have a tough time surviving the conditions.<br />Since the Anglo-Saxons were a primitive people, this meant their technology left a lot to be desired. Although their craftsmanship of small items and warfare technology was notable, their architecture was simple, with a lot of buildings being made from timber and thatch. Their language influenced modern English today. However, Old English was not uniform and had many different dialects from various areas across England. This made it harder for people from different areas to communicate effectively. The Anglo-Saxons used old Roman roads as their main roads for travelling, however, travelling off of those roads would be dangerous, and anybody travelling off of the main roads were advised to make a lot of noise, or else they would be assumed to be outlaws and could be killed.<br />Contrary to these drawbacks of Anglo-Saxon England, the Anglo-Saxons were outstanding at small crafts, such as pottery and jewelry. The Anglo-Saxons were also excellent at anything to do with warfare. They had a decent administration, allowing for discipline and easy communication throughout the land. Although the Anglo-Saxons were good craftsmen and had a decent administration, their negatives outweigh the positives. Bad weather, a culture revolving around war and primitive technology once again proves that a visit to Anglo-Saxon England would not be a good choice.<br />Even though all civilizations at that time had at least one of the three negative aspects stated, if a civilization had only one of those aspects, a visit might have been worth the trip. However, having all three of these negative aspects: the weather, war-like people, and primitive technology, makes for a very bad visit to any civilization. Unfortunately, in this instance, the civilization is that of the Anglo-Saxons.<br />Works Cited<br />
    • Delahoyde, Michael. "Anglo-Saxon Culture." MEDIEVAL LITERATURE, ARTS, AND HUMANITIES. Washington State University, 17 Oct. 2010. Web. 9 Dec 2010. <http://www.wsu.edu/~delahoyd/medieval/anglo-saxon.html>.
    • 2. Ross, David. "Anglo-Saxon Life." British Express. Britain Express Limited, n.d. Web. 9 Dec 2010. <http://www.britainexpress.com/History/anglo-saxon_life.htm>.