Anglo-Saxon runes (Futhorc) were used to write Old English / Anglo-Saxon and Old Frisian from about the 5th century AD. They were used in England until the 10th or 11th centuries, though after the 9th century they were mainly used in manuscripts and were of interest to antiquarians, and their use ceased after the Norman conquest in 1066.

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Sutton Hoo find, Anglo-Saxon slider. See how the tiny gridwork under the garnets pops out in the light!

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Alfred the Great & the Anglo Saxons

The Jutland Peninsula showing the historic homeland of the Germanic tribes of Jutes, Angles, and Saxons after the Roman departure from Britain (ca. 500 CE)

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Anglo-Saxon monarchs and kingdoms A succession of monarchs ruled the various independent kingdoms which arose in England following the end of Roman rule in Britain in the 5th century. The most prominent of these kingdoms were Kent, East Anglia, Sussex, Wessex, Mercia and Northumbria, with each kingdom often recognising their own monarch.

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Shield Boss -- 7th Century -- Excavated from the Anglo-Saxon burial ship discovered at the English estate of Sutton Hoo in 1939. Photo courtesy of the British Museum.

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