1000 AD

What was it really like to live just before the end of the first millennium?

Join in, as the documentary 1000 AD recreates life circa 999 AD, showing the everyday lives, loves and passions of the Anglo-Saxon people.

Shot as a docu-drama, the film draws it strength from the re-enactment of historical scenes and interviews from leading historians: each one painting a revealing picture of the political and social structure of pre-Norman Britain.

Anglo-Saxon short history

The Anglo-Saxon England was early medieval England, existing from the 5th to the 11th century from the end of Roman Britain until the Norman conquest in 1066.

Anglo Saxon world map ca. 1000 AD
Anglo Saxon world map ca. 1000 AD. Photographed from print, likely a book called Atlas of Israel

It consisted of various Anglo-Saxon kingdoms until 927 when it was united as the Kingdom of England by King Æthelstan (r. 927–939). Later on, it became part of the North Sea Empire of Cnut the Great, a personal union between England, Denmark and Norway in the 11th century.

During 1000 AD (978–1066 AD) however, the Anglo Saxons of Britain would’ve been under repeated attack from the Vikings, making life more rough than it already was.

1000 AD
  • Info
  • Release date1999
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Russell Barnes
  • Production companyUden Associates