The Saxon Kingdoms

English History

Book 2,Chapter 1, 449 AD to 597 AD – The Saxon Kingdoms – Continued

The establishment of these eight settlements, or kingdoms, as they were afterwards called, has been sketched thus hastily, because it is inexpedient to devote much space to an examination of the various theories, or to a decision between the conflicting tradition and fabulous chronicles, appertaining to that early period. The traditions themselves, however, taken in connexion with the slow progress of the invaders in effecting their settlements, prove that the Britons made a pro-longed resistance, and one which might have had another issue if the separate tribes had been united under one skilful leader. The natives, whose ancestors had known the first marauders by the name of Saxons, continued to give that appellation to all subsequent invaders, although, as a matter of strict accuracy, the several tribes who had settled north of the Thames, were…

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