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London during the invasions


The populations, who lived in the modern Great Britain between 7th century B.C and 11th century A.D, have brought big changes, without which England wouldn’t be the same. England hosted many populations like the Celts, like the Romans, like the Anglo-Saxons and like the Normans.
Each of these people has improved the land and its resources from all point of view. In chronological order the Celts were the first population that be able to get better the productive sector, inserting the iron plough: it was an instrument suitable to prepare the soil to cultivate. Only whit the Celts, we can talk about the equal rights between men and women. After the Romans invaded the Britain; we can say that they simply disseminate their culture, influencing the real centre of the city. The Romans built over 9600 kilometers of roads used to the movement of commercial goods. This people settled in the north side of the land and they called that part “Londinium”, because the word -lond- means savage, wild. Subsequently the Anglo-Saxons arrived in the region. Their arrival has given the name to the land more next to us, or rather “the land of the Angles”. Their provision was fundamental, because it has improved the social bonds; for the first time it has introduced the loyalty to the other members of the tribe and values like physical courage and freedom. Other changes made by this population concern the issuing of coniage, to enact laws and the diffusion of the Christianity. In the end the Norman invasion has made visible the creation of numerous churches and has put the language on a higher cultural level with the injection of romance languages.
After the Saxons’ invasion, in the Britain, the king Etelberto imposed the paganism in his kingdom, but he was permissive against who worship in other things. The King’s wife, Berta, could organize a little community of priests in a church of Canterbury. The Pope Gregory I sent some missionaries, including the monk Augustine, who became the leader of the community; from his election, he celebrated 10000 baptisms, more or less. In 601 A.D the monk Augustine received the “pallium”, symbol of the power Archbishop. He rebuilt and rededicated an old church, that became the modern cathedral. He was the first man of church to bring Christianity back to England. Augustine died on 26th May of the 604 and he was buried in the abbey church dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul.
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