Anglo-Saxon Religion - An Introduction for Kids
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Before the Anglo-Saxons invaded, the people of Britain were primarily Christians. The Romans, who ruled Britain at this time as part of the Roman Empire, had brought Christianity to the country and converted the majority of the people here.
But this was soon to change when the Roman Empire began to crumble and the Roman army abandoned Britain (after hundreds of years occupying the country), leaving its people vulnerable to attack. The Anglo-Saxon tribes seized their opportunity to invade Britain and brought their own religion with them.
The Anglo-Saxons were not Christians, they were Pagans. They worshipped many different gods (many of them were German versions of the same gods worshipped by the Vikings in Scandinavia), such as Woden, Thunor, Frige and more.
The Anglo-Saxons continued Pagan worship for many years, until the Pope in Rome decided to send Christian Monks over to Britain. The Monks spread the word about Christian religion and it wasn’t long before they had converted the Anglo-Saxons.
Are you a teacher? Yes? Then you'll definitely want Imagining History to bring their 'Anglo-Saxon Training Camp' Interactive workshop to your school.
Our Award-Winning sessions combine role-play, storytelling, demonstrations and drama and performance to bring history to life for your students.
In our 'Anglo-Saxon Training Camp' workshop your students will go shoulder to shoulder with King Alfred the Great in battle. So, we'll teach them how to defeat a Viking Horde. They will:
Travel through the timeline of events running up to Alfred the Great's battle with the Great Heathen Army.
Take on the role of an Anglo-Saxon and Viking, to learn the differences between them, both on the battle field and off.
Endure the very first Viking Raid as a Monk at Lindisfarne.
Come face to face with Hurscarl Warriors on the battle field and discover how to defeat them.
Transform your school hall into a battlefield to learn how to fight in an Anglo-Saxon shield wall.