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Literature from the period must be read in context to be of any use as a source. Much of that which survives was written down by churchmen who had their own agenda.
Surviving Anglo-Saxon poetry is limited to about 30,000 lines, most of which is contained in four main manuscripts - the Codex Exoniensis and Codex Vercellensis from the 10th Century, and the Cotton Vitellius A and 'Caedmon' Genesis from around 1,000 AD.
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