Anglo Saxon Religion

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  • Anglo Saxon Religion.
    • the main religion of the nation.
      • the roman catholic church was brought to England in AD 597
      • most Anglo Saxons were christians.
    • religion in the north.
      • northern England recognised a different christian religion.
        • Creating their own forms of worship and artistic traditions.
        • the bible was written in English, this meant that it could be better understood. they were also independent.
        • Extracts from the bible continued to be written in english, though leaders insisted they were written in latin.
    • traditions inspired by the church.
      • 11TH century
        • the church was good quality because of the leadership, blend of styles and traditions.
      • The church developed its own styles of art and working.
        • most artwork included saints and angels.
        • there were a great number of saints whom were greatly respected.
      • the church was very proud of their traditions.
    • Dunstan.
      • Dunstan was a monk from somerset, who became archbishop of canterbury.
      • following an inheritance granted to him by Lady Aethelflaed he used the money to encourage a monastic revival.
        • he used the money to end corruption and greed among church leaders, improve education and commitment, and chastise among priests.
          • dunstan organised churches to be rebuilt and used nations from those who wanted their souls to be saved.
    • Religious Failures.
      • the English Churches failed to live up to expectations.
      • records of sermons have serious criticism of behaviour.
        • excessive fortification and lust.
          • the church had developed a very bad reputation.
            • binge eating, especially on holy days.
            • believing in witchcraft.
            • overeating
        • overeating
        • binge eating, especially on holy days.
        • believing in witchcraft.
      • in 1065 the standards of the church were particularly poor.
        • Priests could marry.
        • Many priests were very poorly educated.
      • 1051- 1052
        • there was a huge power struggle. Godwin opposed the rising power of Foreign priests.
        • Godwin replaced the Archbishop of Canterbury.
          • Appointing Stigand, who had done little for the church.
            • Stigand
              • Stigand was corrupt and accused of simony and pluralism
              • he gained land in 10 shire, becoming rich.
    • the destruction of the church.
      • in 1011 vikings raided and destroyed Canterbury.
        • war and disruption resulted in the Anglo Saxon Church never recovering to its former strength.
        • the church owned a vast amount of wealth, from the Alfred brooch to beautiful craftwork, this was all stolen during the raids.
      • an opportunity  to reform came up in Edwards reign but was not taken.
      • Norman Priests were brought to England despite protests.
    • The church and the people.
      • gospels were very well educated and wealthy, this spread the message that riches and goodness come from god.
      • people  would gather together in rural, simple shelters. this was due to the lack of permanent structures.
      • priests visited outlying villages to help the poor and sick worship.


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