Britannia – the failed state: Part 5 – Anglo-Saxon settlement and British tribal areas

The Anglo-Saxon settlement stories for Kent, Sussex and Wessex have too much in common to ring entirely true. Nevertheless, a wholesale rejection of them might still be unwise. Kent According to Gildas the British invited the Germanic tribes in to help them with raiders from the North. It has long been assumed that these were …

Britannia – the failed state – Part 4: Ethnic conflict, financial meltdown and the last years of Roman Britain

Ethnic conflict, financial meltdown and the last years of Roman Britain Sometime around 370 there was a marked change in Roman Britain’s economic indicators. This is most obvious in what had been one of the most prosperous areas: the region immediately to the south of Cirencester. There was a sudden rush of coin hoarding in …

Britannia – the failed state (Part 2)

BOUDICCA AND BRITAIN’S OTHER SWINGING SIXTIES At the end of the 50s AD Rome faced an unstable situation in both the north and west of Britain. Caractacus had been defeated in Wales in 51 where Rome both the Silures in the south and the Ordovices in the north had been overcome. [Gaius Suetonius] Paulinus was …

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