this article is about historical events in anglo-saxon england. for anglo-saxon culture and society, see anglo-saxons. for the academic journal, see anglo-saxon england (journal).
history of england from the 5th to the 11th centuries
anglo-saxon england was early medieval england, existing from the 5th to the 11th centuries from the end of roman britain until the norman conquest in 1066. it consisted of various anglo-saxon kingdoms until 927 when it was united as the kingdom of england by king Æthelstan (r. 927–939). it became part of the short-lived north sea empire of cnut the great, a personal union between england, denmark and norway in the 11th century.
the anglo-saxons were the members of germanic-speaking groups who migrated to the southern half of the island of great britain from nearby northwestern europe. anglo-saxon history thus begins during the period of sub-roman britain following the end of roman control, and traces the establishment of anglo-saxon kingdoms in the 5th and 6th centuries (conventionally identified as seven main kingdoms: northumbria, mercia, east anglia, essex, kent, sussex, and wessex), their christianisation during the 7th century, the threat of viking invasions and danish settlers, the gradual unification of england under the wessex hegemony during the 9th and 10th centuries, and ending with the norman conquest of england by william the conqueror in 1066.
anglo-saxon identity survived beyond the norman conquest, came to be known as englishry under norman rule, and through social and cultural integration with celts, danes and anglo-normans became the modern english people.
Anglo-Saxon identity survived beyond the Norman conquest, came to be known as Englishry under Norman rule, and through social and cultural integration with Celts, Danes and Anglo-Normans became the modern English people.