They were in England for 600 years from 410AD to 1066AD, a long time!  There were three aggressive tribes: Saxons, Jutes and Angles, farmer warriors from North-West Europe.

When the Romans left after giving England nearly three hundred years of relative peace and prosperity, there was a period of uncertainty and disorder. The way of life disintegrated, food supplies became erratic, disease returned, fear and panic were spreading through the population.

Basically, with the country defenceless, these Germanic tribes crossed the North Sea and here they created their own kingdoms, driving the local population out to Ireland and Wales.

There were three Germanic tribes and they settled in different areas of the country:

  • Saxon kingdoms were established in Middlesex, Wessex, Essex and Sussex.
  • The Jutes in Kent
  • The Angles in northern and eastern England.

They loved fighting each other, fortunately, they weren’t just fighters, they were also good farmers, while more importantly they were experts at making cloth and leather goods.

Most of what we have learnt about them has come from graves, such as that at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, which is depicted in the Netflix  film “the Dig”

In 1939 at Sutton Hoo, which is near the River Deben in Suffolk, they found eleven mounds or ‘barrows’ dating back to the 7th century along with a burial ship sunk in a mound.

We have created a factional musical The Saxon King – The Story of Sutton Hoo by matching the treasures discovered at Sutton Hoo with the story of King Edwin of Northumbria and King Readwald’s alliance against King Ethelfrid taken from “Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People”.

You can download it today at https://www.educationalmusicals.co.uk/product/the-saxon-king-download/ and be rehearsing it immediately.

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