Thank you, this is indeed interesting reading, fascinating in fact.
I suppose, just by the term-string "Britons of Wessex," not everybody made
it out of the line of fire.
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From: "John Hooker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 12:11 PM
Subject: Re: North British vs. Welsh and Scottish
> Hi Alizah, Hi all,
> >The Saxons pushed the Romanized Britons back as well as the unRomanized
> >Britons-since they were invading and wanted territory. The Island of
> >Britannia became England. If you look at a map after the 10th century,
> >can see the areas inhabited by the Saxons, etc. and what remained of
> There is a tantalizing recent look at how, perhaps, the Saxon culture
> really spread. It is an article by Bryan Ward-Perkins in the English
> Historical Review, June 2000, issue. I pulled a couple of quotes to give
> everyone an idea of the content, but it is well worth reading in its
> entirety (it's long).
> "A key text that helps explain why the native Britons, once conquered,
> chose to abandon their Britishness, is the law code of Ine of Wessex, of
> the end of the seventh century. Ine set down wergilds (blood-money)... the
> wergilds set by Ine for the wealas under his rule, and the burden of proof
> required to incriminate them, are both considerably lower than those for
> Saxons of comparable status. In these circumstances, it is perhaps not
> surprising that the Britons of Wessex chose to abandon their Britishness
> and become Anglo-Saxon. To do so, they probably had to adopt, not only the
> name, but also the speech of the invading Saxons. As Thomas
> has pointed out, the binary ethnic distinction that appears in Ine's Laws
> seems to be between `Englisc/English' (`us') and `Wylisc/Welsh' (`them').
> Since Ine's people were Saxons/Seaxe, this very early use of the word
> `English' (unless it is a later introduction into the text) suggests that
> it was the speaking of a particular language (already recognized as a
> single language, and already called `English'), that, for Ine's Saxon
> Wessex, was the crucial determinant in ethnic identity."
> The complete article is at:
> Again, It is well worth reading -- I think most will really like this :-)
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