There were two different types of writing in Anglo-Saxon times:
- When the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain they used the futhork alphabet. The letters were called runes which had lots of straight lines in to make it easier to carve them onto: wood, stone or metal.
- When the Anglo-Saxons became Christians they began using the Latin alphabet. Monks were usually the only people who could read and write so most books are religious works called illuminated manuscripts.
The story of how Christianity spread across England during Anglo-Saxon times is told in the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. This was written by a priest named Venerable Bede in AD731 and is thought to be the first history of Britain ever written.