it was not such a time of mist magic and legend as you may think, the saxons were well acquinted with recording their history by alfreds time, thanks
to the spread of christianity and as mentioned earlier i think, alfred was a keen scholar and devout christian.
there were some major works of history written in the saxon era..
for example Bede wrote his Ecclesiastical History of the English People in the 730's, designed to trace the growth of the church and christianity in
briton roughly from the time of St Alban up to his own time.
and the Anglo Saxon Chronicle was being compiled at the time of alfred, a history of the saxon people with it's earliest entries concerning the first
century and it was still being updated in the twelfth.
ironically, with the anglo saxons, we have a reasonable amount of the actual history of the who ruled where and who fought who variety, but we have
precious little written down in the way of their myth and story. Beowulf is the only mostly pagan tale we have to show in that regard from them, and
it not even set here in what would become england.
and ofc it only became england because of alfred
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