'Beowulf' is the only
surviving complete Anglo-Saxon heroic poem.
It was written in the 8th century by an Anglo-Saxon minstrel
or 'scop' (pronounced 'shop'). It is very long and tells the story
of a great hero from Sweden called Beowulf who fights monsters
The poem is important
because it tells us a lot about Anglo-Saxon life. Although the
story is not set in England, the poet described
things as he would have seen around him in England every day.