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Ky faturs of Anglo-Saxon cultur and cultural productions
Many argu that collision btwn th Anglo-Saxon and Roman Catholics in ngland
was invitabl. Th monopolization of cultur unitd th Anglo-Saxons, or whit Protstant.
Thy wr abl to dominat bcaus of thir roots and ability to assimilat or confirm to ons
cultur. Howvr, th introduction of roman tradition waknd thir assimilation as roman
Catholics was ndorsd as th univrsal rligion.
Th Anglo-Saxon hld concpts of piscopacy that wr fundamntally diffrnt from
that of th Roman Catholics. For xampl, undr th organizational structur, th king authority
was paramount to Anglo-Saxon whil, bishop wr th cntral figur in th diocs on Roman
Catholics. On important dvlopmnt of th Anglo-Saxon priod was th introduction of
Roman Catholicism to ngland (Angl-land). Pop Grgory th Grat appointd th
missionary Augustin to convrt th pagan Anglo-Saxons in 587. By A.D. 600, all of ngland
had officially adoptd th Roman rligion. Th dclaration of Romanism ld to th wakning of
th Anglo-Saxon cultur.
Th strongst tis in Anglo-Saxon socity wr to kin and lord. Th tis of loyalty wr to
th prson of a lord, not to his station. Thr was no ral concpt of patriotism or loyalty to a
caus. This xplains why dynastis waxd and wand so quickly. A kingdom was only as strong
as its war-ladr king. Thr was no undrlying administration or buraucracy to maintain any

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gains byond th liftim of a ladr. Th cultur was markd by bloody conflicts, ignoranc,
violnc, and barbarism. Th pagan idas and practics gradually gav way to triumph of Roman
Christian idals thus mbracing of Christian thical valus. Anglo-Saxons lifstyl was dividd
into kinship clans that cntrd on th main mad-drinking hut, which was whr all communal
mals took plac, womn srvd mn, and warriors ran around invading nighboring tribs to
loot pillag and plundr. Thir rligion was an informal systm of god-hros with fw prists
and formal rituals (Huntr, 2001). Thy had an animistic rligion, thy blivd in natural-spirits.
Whn Roman Catholics sttld in Britain th kings bfrindd thm lading to altration of thir
cultur and practics (Hnry, 1991).
Th accptanc of Roman organization by kings and ld to waknd th intnsity of
Anglo-Saxon cultur (Harvy, 2008). For instanc, th arrival of Saint Augustin drw th king
mn to Christianity and thus, th fall of Anglo-Saxon blif. It bgan in th lat sixth cntury
and cratd an institution that not only transcndd political boundaris, but cratd a nw
concpt of unity among th various tribal rgions that ovrrod individual loyaltis. Th
institution of marriag was an important factor throughout Anglo-Saxon history in th
transmission of Christianity and significantly th Roman brand of it. Thr wr fin points to
Anglo-Saxon natur worship, and to th many attributs of thir gods, and th rligion was to
provid justification for constant warfar. Th praching of powrful rligious mssag of
rdmption and aftrlif, as wll as mphasizing th holy virtus of honsty and courag,
straight-forwardnss in daling with strangrs, rspct for supriors, and tam loyalty, all of
which rflctd xactly virtus found in th Anglo-Saxon idal of how mn should liv wll, and
gain honour (Harvy, 2008).

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Work citd
Harvy, Wood H. Th Battl of Hastings: Th Fall of Anglo-Saxon ngland. London: Atlantic
Books, 2008. Print.
Huntr, Blair P. An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon ngland. Cambridg [ng.: Univrsity Prss,
2001. Print.
Mayr-Harting, Hnry. Th Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon ngland. London:
Batsford, 1991. Print. (Harvy, 2008)