Anglo-Saxon Antiquities for sale (Early 400's - 1066)

The Anglo-Saxon period extends from the demise of Roman control in Britannia (circa 410 AD) to the fall of the last Anglo-Saxon king, Harold II, at Senlac ridge (now Battle, Sussex) on 14th October, 1066.

Anglo-Saxon antiquities often reflect the dynamic cultural trends of the times: influences include late Roman, Scandinavian, Christian, Merovingian and Carolingian cultures. Anglo-Saxon material is relatively plentiful in some areas of England, and in these pages you will find many fascinating examples of items from this period. TimeLine Originals has perhaps the largest and most diverse collection of Anglo-Saxon artefacts available on the internet.

Customers and site-visitors may have noticed that the Anglo-Saxon site pages have been revised. As part of our ongoing programme of improving the quality and reliability of our site, all of the ‘Saxon’ pages have been amended in the light of further detailed research. We aim to roll this out across the rest of the site in due course. Please check back for updates.
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The earliest Anglo-Saxon presence in Britain is found on the eastern and southern coasts from the early 5th century. From the earlier diverse Germanic 'tribal' chiefdoms (Anglian, Saxon, Jutish and probably others, all drawn from southern Scandinavia and the North Sea continental coasts) by the later 6th century larger polities were formed - a process encouraged by the adoption of Christianity in the early to mid-7th century. Endemic competition among these kingdoms and with their British neighbours resulted in a handful of larger, powerful kingdoms in the 9th century: notably Northumbria in the north, Mercia in the Midlands, East Anglia in the east and Wessex in the south and west.

Renewed contact with Scandinavia in the 9th century, the Viking age, resulted in both warfare and settlement, with most of eastern Britain falling under Viking control. A firm policy of reconquest applied by the sole surviving Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex resulted in a unified kingdom of Englaland (Angles' land, England) in the early 10th c. By the 11th century, close ties between Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian monarchies led to the coronation of the Danish ruler, Cnut, as king of England; he later claimed the Norwegian crown. This short-lived 'North Sea Empire' brought England closer into the orbit of the north, up to Cnut's death in 1035. Political links with the emerging militarized dukedom of Normandy were exploited by Edward the Confessor, who spent his early years in exile at the Norman court. The last Anglo-Saxon king, Harold II Godwineson, was of Anglo-Danish descent.



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