Anglo Saxons settle in Britain

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According to the “Ecclesiastical History of the English”, written by the monk The Venerable Bede in 731AD, this is the year the Anglo Saxons began their settlement of the British Isles, although it is now widely understood that they began their conquest much earlier, even back to when Britain was still technically part of the Roman Empire.

When we talk about Anglo Saxons, we’re actually referring to the tribes from Northern Europe who made up this most influential wave of invaders to the British Isles. These tribes included the Angles and Jutes from modern day Denmark, the Saxons from what is now Northern Germany, and the Frisians and Franks from Belgium and the Netherlands.

Invasion routes from Europe in the 5th and 6th centuries

Invasion routes from Europe in the 5th and 6th centuries

The British monk Gildas, writing in the mid 6th Century, saw the arrival of the Anglo Saxons as a punishment from God for the Britons’ sins. Which is exactly the same view taken by the Anglo Saxon monks in 793 about the Viking raids.

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