The 5th Century, when the Western Roman Empire is under threat.

The threat came from the Vandals, Alans, Visigoths and many other tribes within Europes more northern and western reaches.

  • Cult of the Virgin Mary
  • England as an Heptarchy
  • Early Historical Documents and Chronicles
  • Dumnonia and Dumnonii the Kingdom and People

In Britain, Roman usurpers have muscled in and taken over. Constantine III withdrew troops from Britain and what remained was seen off by native Britons. After four hundred years of rule all was set to change in Britain.

The ‘barbarians’ saw points of weakness all over Europe as the mighty Roman Empire faltered. The Romans who were kept busy on mainland Europe, had little appetite to retake Britain for Rome and it soon became evident that without a Roman army to protect it, Britain would be subject to invasion from barbarians themselves.

So it was that Angle, Saxon and Jutish raiders trumped up on the shores of Britain and set about occupying the land.

Small kingdoms were established but were vulnerable to raiders. In about 449, King Vortigern, a British king, invited the Saxons into Britain, hoping they would help keep further raiders at bay. They in turn sought to dominate and set up their own kingdom in Kent. Further splinters occurred including the Kingdom of Wessex under Cerdic.

The Saxons exerted their power in Britain.

The period of Anglo Saxon history in Britain had begun and the next six hundred years saw the kingdoms of England form themselves into one nation.

Our 5th century chronology and timelines are being created and curated but already via each century page you can quickly locate our collections for each 100 years of history. These evolve as we explore topical themes, but if you are looking for something you can’t see here then please feel free to contact us and request, Thanks for taking a look.

 

Cult of the Virgin Mary

Cult of the Virgin Mary

The Cult of the Virgin Mary is seen by many as having it’s origins in the Medieval period but the mythologizing of Mary began with Pope Gregory I. It grew as the Crusaders returned to the west and shrines and icons to the Virgin Mary appeared in churches, on the wayside and in people’s homes.

England as an Heptarchy

England as an Heptarchy

7 Kingdoms Making 1 England with Alfred uniting the enterprise and the Vikings creating the climate in which English Unification was a better option that continuing domination of the Vikings. The Kingdoms hold the key into how these regions fought and conquered and rose up against the invaders to reverse the fortunes of England and set in place what would hold until the Norman Conquest, how would we turn the corner and become one people as Bede had alluded to…

Early Historical Documents and Chronicles

Early Historical Documents and Chronicles

have you heard of Bede? Wondered how we know what happened in the Anglo Saxon Period. Got a pet interest in early history of the British and the places in which they lived worked, fought and played? Then accessing these crucial early resources will be great for you and your history interests. A brief survey will give you the overview and find out about forthcoming eBooks which will help you further utilise these resources wihtout having to read then cover to cover…

Dumnonia and Dumnonii the Kingdom and People

Dumnonia and Dumnonii the Kingdom and People

The Dumnonii were they a group of celtic tribes, already established when the Romans invaded, and only subjugated finally by Egbert of Wessex in 838…along the path to the unification of England and subsequently Britain…