Posted by: deconquestubritanniae | September 14, 2013

The Anglo-Saxon Conquest of Britain and Continuity with Romano-British Life

Bede, Gildas and Gregory of Tours on the Great Change from Romano-British to English Kings – a culture supplanted or two cultures fused?

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  1. I think that there were several fusion events, as well as holdouts in surprising places.

    An example of the latter is my own maternal grandmother’s male line of descent, the Tweeds of Cambridgeshire who self-identify as kin to the Welsh and who intermarry with other families with the same outlook: their locations of residence are around Cheveley, Duxford and Wisbech.

    The accounts, dismissed by some, of a certain Cerdic landing in Hampshire and founding the royal house of Wessex, ring true to me: Cerdic is a Breton name and the Bretons frequently landed in Hampshire. Alan Rufus, the leader of the Bretons in the early Norman period, had properties in Hampshire and apparently bore responsibility for the port of Southampton. He was quite fond of the English and may even have been matrilineally descended from the hereditary Queens of Mercia, whereas his male line was Welsh: in which case, he was a medieval example of Welsh Y DNA and English mitochondria.


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