When did London become known as London?
Many historians believe that the city’s current name comes from Londinium, a name that was given to the city when the Romans established it in 43 AD. The suffix “-inium” is thought to have been common among the Romans. Other names used included Londinio, Londiniesi, and Londiniensium.
Is London in Mercia?
During the 8th century the kingdom of Mercia extended its dominance over south-eastern England, initially through overlordship which at times developed into outright annexation. London seems to have come under direct Mercian control in the 730s.
Did London exist before the Romans?
Before the Romans invaded, London didn’t exist, says Roman historian Roger Tomlin at the University of Oxford. There were just “wild west, hillbilly-style settlements” scattered around the area.
Who decided London was the capital?
With the new fort, archaeologists now believe that in the aftermath of the revolt the Romans chose London as their new British political headquarters. It had three key strategic, mercantile and political advantages over Colchester.
How many times has London been invaded?
Ian Hernon, author of Fortress Britain, has found dozens of examples that prove that Britain has been invaded and attacked at least 70 times. He did not include the hundreds of small invasions on the south west coast, or Wales, that plagued many a small town, the Daily Telegraph reported.