The History of Leith

August 11, 2008

Anglo-Saxons

Anglo-Saxon is the term usually used to describe the peoples living in the south and east of Great Britain from the early 5th century AD to the Norman conquest of 1066.[1] Benedictine monk Bede identified them as the descendants of three Germanic tribes: the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes, from the Jutland peninsula and Lower Saxony (German: Niedersachsen, Germany). The Angles may have come from Angeln, and Bede wrote their nation came to Britain, leaving their land empty. [2] They spoke closely related Germanic dialects. The Anglo-Saxons knew themselves as the “Englisc,” from which the word “English” derives.for more click here

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