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Invasion, settlement or political conquest: Changing representations of the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain

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Grimmer, MR (2007) Invasion, settlement or political conquest: Changing representations of the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain. Journal of Australian Early Medieval Association, 3 (1). pp. 169-186. ISSN 1449-9320

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Abstract

The nature of the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain
c 450-600, and the survival of the incumbent Romano-British population, has long been an emotive topic. Traditional views represented the coming of the Anglo-Saxons as an invasion of entire tribes with large and aggressive warbands, and used vivid imagery of the Anglo-Saxons 'storming the earthwork camps ... slaughtering and driving away the Romanised Britons', and of
the Romano-Britons being 'as nearly extirpated as a nation can be'.' The last 50 years, however, have seen a growing trend towards representations of the Anglo-Saxon arrival
as an elite settlement in which the Romano-Britons assimilated with the Anglo-Saxons, adopting their cultural characteristics in order to fit in to a new social order. This paper aims to consider the process by which views of the Anglo-Saxon arrival have undergone this transformation, and to place this process in the broader context of England's changing position in the world, and its changing relationship with its Celtic neighbours.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Australian Early Medieval Association
Publisher: Australian Early Medieval Association
Page Range: pp. 169-186
ISSN: 1449-9320
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:26
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:34
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