The Romans leave Britain

14/12/0410

The Romans finally leave Britain, the abandoned Britons having been told by the Emperor Honorius to “look to their own defences” against invading tribes from Ireland, Scotland, Denmark and Germany. Trouble with rebellions and invasions throughout the Roman Empire means that the Emperor needs his troops closer to home.

The Celtic Britons are gradually pushed west into Wales and Cornwall (the word Welsh comes from the Anglo-Saxon “Wealsc” meaning “foreign”), and the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians slowly conquer and settle the east, north, central and southern parts of Britain.

Map of Britain around the time the Romans leave

Map of Britain around the time the Romans leave

Anglo Saxons settle in Britain