An ethnic dating of beowulf
The Anglo-Saxon Age started in Britain in about 449 CE, when the Roman troops left England to defend Rome itself.That gave a wide open opportunity to two very different groups of invaders. In one hundred years, as many as 200,000 ethnic Germans landed on the shores of England.For fun, when they weren't at war, the thanes would gamble, wrestle, and drink.
We can come up with a somewhat historical end date, too. Okay, not so much, but it does prove that the Beowulf epic was set during the 500 years of the Anglo-Saxon age, one of the bloodiest and nastiest times in English history.
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