The Lost Centuries - 5: A Golden Age 1
Opening credits. A pastiche of a pagan style burial, that would have occurred 1300 years ago. Display of artefacts found at an Anglo-Saxon burial site. Paintings depicting barbarian invasions of northern Roman territories. Rise of Byzantine emperor Justinian in the Sixth century and successful re-conquering of parts of the western Roman empire. Map depicting areas under Justinian's rule. Spread of Christianity and culture from the south into the territories of the northern Barbarians. Move from paganism to Christianity by the Franks and Barbarians linking these groups to the Roman Church.
The Lost Centuries - 5: A Golden Age 2
Description of St Augustine's mission to bring Christianity to Britain in AD597. Up until this point, Britain was fractured into kingdoms led by pagan and barbarian rulers. Present day excavations at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. Description of Sutton Hoo as an Anglo-Saxon and pagan burial site. Model and paintings depict the 80 ft long boat found at the site within which all burial items were placed. Shots of a helmet found at the burial site. Painting depicting the leader who would have worn the helmet. Examples of other items found at the burial site: jewellery, weapons, an engraved ceremonial wet-stone, a carved iron standard, coins and a purse embossed with mythical pagan figures.
The Lost Centuries - 5: A Golden Age 3
Anglo-Saxon mythology. Readings from Anglo-Saxon poem telling of a mythical beast and the surroundings it lives in. Poem which tells the Story of 'Bear-Wolf.' Paintings and models and reconstruction depict scenes from the poem. Biography of exiled Prince Edwin who found sanctuary in Anglo-Saxon East Anglia. Edwin then ruled a kingdom in Northumbria. Description of the journey Edwin would have undertaken from East Anglia to Northumbria in AD627.
The Lost Centuries - 5: A Golden Age 4
Description of the journey Edwin would have undertaken from East Anglia to Northumbria in AD627. Edwin was accompanied by a clergyman from Rome with the aim to spread Christianity to the remaining pagan areas of northern England. Gefrin, site of a previous Celtic political centre and settlement. The Romans shifted this to the valley below. Afterwards Anglo-Saxon kings ruled but Gefrin still retained it's importance as a political centre in Britain. Edwin removed the Anglo-Saxon rulers and in AD627. Reconstruction of the site of Edwin's royal palace and settlement. Description of Pagan conversion to Christianity as accounted by Bede. The destruction of Gefrin by pagan invaders and the death of Edwin.
The Lost Centuries - 5: A Golden Age 5
Description of rule of the Christian King Oswald, a year after Edwin's death. King Oswald enlists the assistance of a missionary from Iona. Distinct form the established Roman church, the Celtic-hermit tradition of Christianity had led to the establishment of Monasticism. Ruins of a Celtic monastery in Cornwall. Description of the monastic settlement in Iona. When in exile, Oswald took refuge with people familiar with this Celtic form of Christianity. Site of monastery of Lindisfarne built by Oswald on Holy Island on the Northumbrian coast. A golden age in Christian art and literature ensues combining Celtic Christianity and pagan influences. Shots of the Lindisfarne Gospel. Examples of handicrafts made in monasteries. Description of the destruction of monasteries by Vikings. Summary of programme. End credits.