Brit Lit Crossword Puzzle

heaven
hope promised by christianity

heroic struggles
dominant topic in this period’s literature

Alfred
known as “The Great” and defeater of Vikings

lyric
shorter poems sung by scops

Norman Conquest
ended the dominance of Anglo-Saxons

monasteries
centers of intellectual, literary, artistic, social activity

Battle of Hastings
battle between William and Harold in 1066

William
led last successful conquest of England

Arthur
Briton who fought against invaders

poems
praising deeds of heroic warriors

Dark Ages
a time of conflict and violence

Romans
brought Christianity, roads, writing to England

Augustine
Roman missionary

Julius Caesar
Roman who attempted to conquer England

Beowulf
most famous Anglo-Saxon poem

Vikings
invaders from Denmark and Normandy

winter
prevailing season during Anglo-Saxon period

urban
lifestyle of Romanized England

Angles and Saxons
settled in England after Romans left

England
“Angle-land”

Exeter
book or manuscript containing Anglo-Saxon writings

mead halls
halls for gathering and story-telling

Canterbury
location from which Christianity spread

oral
form of Anglo-Saxon epic poems

wyrd
belief in fate

Old English
language of Anglo-Saxon culture

Pagan
religion of Anglo-Saxons

scops
professional poets