What was the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle?

Duration 02:16

Who wrote the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and why was it written? The presenter discusses the question with an archaeology expert, explaining its purpose was to celebrate Anglo-Saxon achievements.

First broadcast:
13 May 2008

This clip would be useful as a stimulus for discussion on historical interpretation - how reliable are the chronicles as a source? Pupils could also research some of the events mentioned in the clip and track them on a timeline. The class may wish to consider why the eclipse was described as it was - did the people understand what was happening? Pupils could write diaries of their own for a shared event and then look at how they have all interpreted it differently.