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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, 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 (2007) [Refereed Article]


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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 or the Anglo-Saxons as an invasion of entire tribes with large and aggressive warbands, and used vivid imagery or 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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Anglo-Saxon, Britain, invasion, assimilation, Celtic, Roman
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:British History
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
Author:Grimmer, MR (Professor Martin Grimmer)
ID Code:48839
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2013-01-11
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