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    The Origins of a Nation (5000BC-1066)


    Early Settlers (5000BC-55BC)


    1锛嶵he first known settlers of Britain were the Iberians.


    2锛嶢t about 2000 BC the Beaker Folk arrived from the areas now known as Holland and Rhineland.


    3锛嶵he Celts began to arrive at Britain about 700 BC.


    4锛嶵he Celts came to Britain in three main waves.


    The first wave were the Gaels-came about 600 BC.


    The second wave were the Brythons-came about 400 BC.


    The third wave were the Belgae-came about 150 BC.


    Roman Britain (55BC-410AD)


    1.British recorded history begins with the Roman invasion. In 55BC and 54BC, Julius Caesar, a Roman general, invaded Britain twice. In AD 43, the Emperor Claudius invaded Britain successfully. For nearly 400 years, Britain was under the Roman occupation, though it was never a total occupation.


    2. Roman's influence on Britain.


    The Roman built many towns, road, baths, temples and buildings. They make good use of Britain's natural resources. They also brought the new religion, Christianity, to Britain.


    3.Reasons for limited Roman influence on Britain.


    First, the Romans always treated the Britons as a subject people of slave class. Second, never during the 4 centuries did the Romans and Britons intermarry. Third, the Romans had no impact on the language or culture of ordinary Britons.


    The Anglo-Saxons (446-871)


    1锛嶣asis of Modern English race: the Anglo-Saxons.


    In the mid-5th century a new wave of invaders, Jutes, Saxons, and Angles came to Britain. They were three Teutonic tribes.


    The Jutes, who fished and farmed in Jutland, came to Britain first. A Jutish chief became the King of Kent in 449. Then the Saxons, users of the short-sword from northern Germany, established their kingdom in Essex, Sussex and Wessex from the end of the 5th century to the beginning of the 6th century. In the second half of the 6th century, the Angles, who also came from northern Germany and were to give their name to the English people, settled in East Anglia, Mercia and Northumbria. These seven principal kingdoms of Kent, Essex, Sussex, Wessex, East Anglia, Mercia and Northumbria have been given the name of Heptarchy.


    2锛嶵he early Anglo-Saxons converted to Christianity.


    The Anglo-Saxons brought their own Teutonic religion to Britain. Christianity soon disappeared, except among the Celts of Cornwall, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. In 597, Pope Gregory I sent St. Augustine, the Prior of St. Andrew's Monastery in Rome, to England to convert the heathen English to Christianity. In 579 St. Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury. He was remarkably successful in converting the king and the nobility, but the conversion of the common people was largely due to the missionary activities of the monks in the north.


    3锛嶵he Early Anglo-Saxons make the contributions to the English state.


    The Anglo-Saxons laid the foundations of the English state. Firstly, they divided the country into shires, with shire courts and shire reeves, or sheriffs, responsible for administering law. Secondly, they devised the narrow-strip, three-field farming system which continued to the 18th century. Thirdly, they also established the manorial system. Finally, they created the Witan锛坈ouncil or meeting of the wisemen锛塼o advise the king, the basis of the Privy Council which still exists today.

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    Author锛? 銆€銆€銆€Source锛? 娌睙鑻辫缃? 銆€銆€銆€ Editor锛? Wu Qiong