Obviously it’s essay time, somewhere in the world. I keep getting search hits asking interesting questions like ‘Why did the Anglo-Saxons come to England?’ and ‘What happened to the Anglo-Saxons?’. Someone has a cultural relativity task asking them to compare Anglo-Saxon and Australian customs, and they’re clearly not getting very far with it. Because I am a helpful person, I will provide you with these recommendations:
For a basic introduction to Anglo-Saxon history, you want
* Edward James, Britain in the first millennium
*Frank Stenton, Anglo-Saxon England.
If you want to know about daily life, you might try
*David Wilson, The Anglo-Saxons, a nice little book I just picked up yesterday and so can’t swear for its quality. But it has lots of archaelogical information in it.
You won’t find many decent sources online, so I suggest you stop looking. The first chapter of Peter Baker’s Electronic Introduction to Old English is the only secondary source I can recommend, and it won’t have enough information in it to help you write a whole essay.1
For primary sources, there’s an old translation of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle online, and same for Asser’s Life of King Alfred. If you want to know ‘what happened to the Anglo-Saxons’ or why they came to England, try looking at these and finding out what *they* thought was happening to them.
1. No, I am not a source. Blogs are not sources. Nothing hosted on WordPress, Blogger, Blogspot or Livejournal can be used in an essay. Consider this a friendly warning from a senior student, before your marker strangles you for poor research.
You can’t use blogs because they’re not peer reviewed research. If that doesn’t make sense to you, or you want some advice on how to find reliable resources online, and how to cite them when you find them, I have a post on that here.