This period of literature dates back to their invasion (along with the Jutes) of Celtic England circa 450.
The term Anglo-Saxon comes from two Germanic tribes, the Angles and the Saxons.
Much of the first half of this period, prior to the seventh-century, at least, was oral literature; however, some works, such as and the works of Caedmon and Cynewulf, period poets, are also important.
This period sees a huge transition in the language, culture and lifestyle of England and results in what we can recognize today as a form of “modern” (recognizable) English, dating to around 1500.
Austen would have witnessed, moreover, the beginning of industrialization in England, though the growth of the factory system would not reach its peak until the middle of the nineteenth century.
Outside of the genteel world we see in , a third of the country’s population lived on the verge of starvation, spurring food riots across the countryside.