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Class1, Question 9

Post  Marc on Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:10 pm

Why did the Germanic tribes invade the British Isles? What groups did come? Where did they comefrom? What do you know about them?

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Re: Class1, Question 9

Post  Marc on Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:11 pm

Long Story p21 - By 410 Roman legionnaires had been recalled to the continent to
defend a collapsing Roman Empire. This left the British Celts — those who
had lived under the Roman occupation as a conquered people — without any
protection from the marauding Picts and Scots, other Celts whom the Roman
occupiers had forced back into the hills and highlands. Once the Romans
had gone, the unconquered Celts of the north and west began to attack the
British Celts. It is at this point that another legend is born. According to the
first historian to write about the period, a man known as the Venerable Bede
(pronounced "bead"), the British Celts "invited" the Germanic peoples to
come to England to help fend off the attacking northern and western Celts.
Since Bede wrote some three hundred years after the fact and had no written
records on which to base his claim, his version of history is rather
questionable at best. In all likelihood, no invitation was ever extended to the
Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians. They probably noticed that the Roman
army had withdrawn from the British Isles, leaving the door open to any
military force that could step in and win a place for itself, and so decided to
try their luck in the west.

Invited or not, the Germanic peoples started to arrive in the British
Isles around the middle of the fifth century. Bede wrote that the Germanic
influx started in 449 and historians and linguists alike have come to adopt
this date, whatever its real accuracy, as the beginning of the Old English
period.

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Re: Class1, Question 9

Post  Admin on Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:00 am

Germanic tribes’ invasion

Legend: The Romans pulled their troops out of Britain in AD 410. With the loss of the Roman authority, local chieftains and kings competed for land. In 449 AD King Vortigern invited the Angles and Saxons to settle in Kent to help him to fight the Picts and the Scots. But the Angles and Saxons betrayed Vortigern at a peace council where they drew their knives and killed 460 British chiefs

Probably reality: The Roman empire history with the Germanic tribes was somewhat hostile, something that proved fatal. By the 4th century the Western Roman Empire's military forces were dominated by Germanic troops. And the Germanic people played significant roles in politics. The Germanic tribes to the east of the empire were able to take advantage of the empire's weakened state both to expand into Roman territory, and in some cases to move their entire populations into lands once considered exclusively Roman.

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Re: Class1, Question 9

Post  Sandie on Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:52 am

Hey Simon
peux-tu écrire ta référence stp ??

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