When did Saxons come to England?
When the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians invaded Britain, during the 5th and 6th centuries AD, the area they conquered slowly became known as England (from Angle-land).
Where did the Saxons come from to England?
The people we call Anglo-Saxons were actually immigrants from northern Germany and southern Scandinavia. Bede, a monk from Northumbria writing some centuries later, says that they were from some of the most powerful and warlike tribes in Germany.
Were the Anglo-Saxons invited to Britain?
A history book called the ‘Anglo-Saxon Chronicle’ tells of a king called Vortigern who asked for help against the Picts. He invited two Anglo-Saxons called Hengist and Horsa to Britain in AD449.
Saxons vs Vikings
Both groups of people were Germanic, and there were many similarities between Saxons who were later known as Anglo Saxons and the Vikings though the two belonged to different eras.
Who is Anglo-Saxon?
Anglo-Saxon, term used historically to describe any member of the Germanic peoples who, from the 5th century ce to the time of the Norman Conquest (1066), inhabited and ruled territories that are today part of England and Wales.