The 8th Century is one of expansion and conflict across the world.

  • The First Anglo Saxon Laws
  • England as an Heptarchy
  • Early Historical Documents and Chronicles
  • King Ine of Wessex 688-726
  • Evolution of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle
  • Iona heart of Celtic Christianity

Huge advances are made in art, science and literature.

Come with us and discover intriguing historical connections between events. Use our more detailed timelines to drill down into content.

This is the century when the Arab world use their superior knowledge of science and maths and art to extend their kingdoms.  A Muslim army crosses the Strait of Gibraltar and begins a conquest of Spain.

Religions seek supremacy over each other, Muslims, Christians and Jews face each other in many parts of the world.

In 8th Century  Britain,  Bede writes his Ecclesiastical History. He beings numbering the years from the time of Christ rather than from the reign of kings – his numbering to be divided between BC and AD. His writings leave us with a rich history of Britain’s Anglo Saxon past.

China, with it’s rich heritage and culture, fails to exploit it’s position and  as part of a dynamic shift in the area, Muslims replace the Chinese as the dominant influence along the Silk Road.

The time of Charlemagne and the re-building of the Frankish Empire

Charlemagne overruns the Lombards in northern Italy. He divides Lombard territory with the Pope, creating the Papal States. He begins his war against the Saxons in Germany, with slaughter and forced conversions to Christianity.

Charlemagne, king of the Franks, is learning to read, and he reproaches ecclesiastics for their uncouth language and “unlettered tongues.” In hope of creating an educated clergy he orders every cathedral and monastery to establish a school where clergy and laity can learn to read. In this he has the support of the Anglo Saxon kings.

The Vikings are coming!

Late in the 8th Century  the first recorded raid of the Vikings in Britain when they reach the island of Lindisfarne, Scotland. They kill monks and loot the monastery there.

Britain is developing it’s commercial ports, Hamwick in Hampshire and the port at London and is moving towards the establishment of the kingdom of England.

Much of what we know about the 8th Century is based on the works of the chroniclers such as Bede. See our Anglo Saxon timeline to help you connect the pieces of this early history. Visit our site outlining Hampshire’s History to see the Anglo Saxon’s impact on the most ancient county in England.

 

The First Anglo Saxon Laws

The First Anglo Saxon Laws

This entry is part 1 of 16 in the series Statutes of Law

King Ine was ruler of Wessex in the C8th and wrote what are considered to be the first Anglo Saxon laws.

England as an Heptarchy

England as an Heptarchy

7 Kingdoms Making 1 England with Alfred uniting the enterprise and the Vikings creating the climate in which English Unification was a better option that continuing domination of the Vikings. The Kingdoms hold the key into how these regions fought and conquered and rose up against the invaders to reverse the fortunes of England and set in place what would hold until the Norman Conquest, how would we turn the corner and become one people as Bede had alluded to…

Early Historical Documents and Chronicles

Early Historical Documents and Chronicles

have you heard of Bede? Wondered how we know what happened in the Anglo Saxon Period. Got a pet interest in early history of the British and the places in which they lived worked, fought and played? Then accessing these crucial early resources will be great for you and your history interests. A brief survey will give you the overview and find out about forthcoming eBooks which will help you further utilise these resources wihtout having to read then cover to cover…

King Ine of Wessex 688-726

King Ine of Wessex 688-726

King Ine started British Law Code and ruled in Wessex, founding the stone church at Gastonbury Abbey and abdicating to go on a pilgrimage Rome, He did not expand his dominion of Wessex but he made other notable contributions and was committed to the early Christian Church.

Evolution of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle

Evolution of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle

The Anglo Saxon Chronicles evolved over several hundred years to become the unique resource of early historical accounts we can access online today. Read them carefully and with related documents and sources across place and time and subject and you can make some intriguing connections to the areas of history that you are interested in, find out about their origin and access them online from here…you can read the translations studya nd interpret yourself, not just rely on the layers of opinion much of which is founded on these early sources.

Iona heart of Celtic Christianity

Iona heart of Celtic Christianity

Iona the centre of the development of Celtic Christianity the base with Lindisfarne from which Pagan Northumbria is converted, possible place of creation of the masterpiece and artefact of illuminated manuscript the Book of Kells leaving an enduring imprint on our history…