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The following timeline is not exhaustive, but does provide a rough overview of events during the Anglo-Saxon period.

AD 449 The traditional date for the arrival of the Anglo-Saxon invaders of Britain taken from the ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English’, by the Venerable Bede. It is almost certainly wrong.
AD 516 Britons under an unknown leader defeat the Angles and Saxons at Mount Badon
AD 565 Columba founds a monastery on the Scottish island of Iona
AD 597 Augustine arrives in Kent and begins the conversion of England
AD 616 Æthelberht, the first Christian English king, dies in Kent. One of his lasting legacies was his law code, the first written in English.
AD 627 Edwin of Northumbria becomes the first Christian king in the north of England
AD 633 Aidan founds the monastery of Lindisfarne, Northumbria
AD 642 Oswald of Northumbria dies a Christian martyr in battle. His relics were said to work miracles as far afield as southern Germany.
AD 664 Oswiu, king of Northumbria, called a meeting at Whitby to settle which church practices should have precedence in his kingdom – those of the Celtic church or the Roman church. The matters discussed included how to calculate the date of Easter. It was decided to follow the practice of Rome. As a result, many Irish clergy left Northumbria and returned to Ireland.
AD 690 English missionary Willibrord begins work among the pagan Frisians
AD 772 English missionary Boniface becomes bishop of Hesse and Bavaria, Germany
AD 731 Bede finishes his ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’
AD 757 Offa comes to the throne of Mercia. His name survives to this day in ‘Offa’s Dyke’, the 80-mile-long earthwork which marked his border with the Welsh kingdoms.
AD 789 The Viking attack on Portland in Dorset is the first of its kind recorded in the British Isles, including Ireland.
AD 793 Vikings attack the monastery of Lindisfarne, Northumbria
AD 867 Viking army kills rival kings of Northumbria, capturing York
AD 869 Edmund, King of the East Angles, is martyred by the Vikings. He was beheaded and his head thrown away to prevent proper burial. Much later, his head was finally reunited with the body, and both were buried in the royal residence, which later became known as Bury St Edmunds.
AD 871 A series of bloody clashes between the Vikings and the kingdom of Wessex, under Æthelred and his brother Alfred, at Reading, Ashdown, Basing and elsewhere. None were decisive. Æthelred died during the campaign and Alfred became king of Wessex.
AD 878 Wessex is overrun by Vikings and King Alfred goes into hiding
AD 886 Alfred, King of Wessex, agrees a treaty with Vikings to divide England
AD 939 Athelstan, first king of all England, dies
AD 954 Eric Bloodaxe, the last Viking king in England, is forced out of York
AD 1013 Swein Forkbeard forces Æthelred the Unready into exile
AD 1016 Cnut of Denmark becomes king of the English
AD 1042 Edward the Confessor becomes king of England
AD 1066 Edward the Confessor dies and is succeed by Harold Godwinson
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