He had supposedly willed the kingdom to William of Normandy, but also seemed to favour Harold Godwinson as his successor. Their invasions were slow and piecemeal, and began even before the Roman legions departed.
At the same time melting polar ice caused more flooding in low areas, particularly in what is now Denmark, Holland and Belgium. Anglo-Saxon rule came to an end insoon after the death of Edward the Confessor, who had no heir.
Warmer summers meant better crops and a rise in population in the countries of northern Europe. The Anglo-Saxon period lasted for years, from toand in that time Britain's political landscape underwent many changes.
See 'Saxon Settler' lesson plan. Essex East Saxons. BBC iD. In the three intense battles in the poem, Beowulf is the embodiment of an Anglo-Saxon warrior.
This meant that average people were able to read what would have been Old English. The various Anglo-Saxon groups settled in different areas of the country. Harold was defeated by the Normans at the Battle of Hastings in Octoberand thus a new era was ushered in.
The trade was across the channel and up into the North Sea.