A study released last week shows that up to 40 per cent of our DNA may be from Germanic ancestors, and not the Vikings, thanks to the Anglo-Saxon migrations here in 450-600AD. The project is particularly interesting because it would seem that our genetic make-up bares out those old traditions and clichés about how we relate to each other. So the age-old rivalries between Devon and Cornwall – take for example the bitter wars fought over whether you put jam or cream on a scone first...

Ancient boundaries are the strongest

A study released last week shows that up to 40 per cent of our DNA may be from Germanic ancestors, and not the Vikings, thanks to the Anglo-Saxon migrations here in 450-600AD. The project is particularly interesting because it would seem that our genetic make-up bares out those old traditions and clichés about how we relate to each other. So the age-old rivalries between Devon and Cornwall – take for example the bitter wars fought over whether you put jam or cream on a scone first...

Comparison of Old English and modern English, with the introduction of Beowulf. The full site is an encyclopedia of languages with information on history of languages, etc.

Comparison of Old English and modern English, with the introduction of Beowulf. The full site is an encyclopedia of languages with information on history of languages, etc.

Map of Anglo-Saxon Britain - LOOK!  Right in the middle:  "Mericans"!  ('murica)

Map of Anglo-Saxon Britain - LOOK! Right in the middle: "Mericans"! ('murica)

Alfred the Great, was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred is noted for his defence of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of southern England against the Vikings, becoming the only English king to be accorded the epithet “the Great”. Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself “King of the Anglo-Saxons”.

Alfred the Great, England’s Strong and Righteous Ruler

Alfred the Great, was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred is noted for his defence of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of southern England against the Vikings, becoming the only English king to be accorded the epithet “the Great”. Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself “King of the Anglo-Saxons”.

Famous Danish Vikings | THE ANGLO-SAXON HUSCARLS | The Deadliest Blogger: Military History ...

THE ANGLO-SAXON HUSCARLS

Famous Danish Vikings | THE ANGLO-SAXON HUSCARLS | The Deadliest Blogger: Military History ...

Maps of Anglo-Saxon England | Kemble  This Map is based upon Bede's Ecclesiastical History

Maps of Anglo-Saxon England | Kemble This Map is based upon Bede's Ecclesiastical History

"The main Anglo-Saxon peoples in about 600, divided into Bede's three traditional groupings - although the reality may have been more complex."

"The main Anglo-Saxon peoples in about 600, divided into Bede's three traditional groupings - although the reality may have been more complex."

Jutes first (to Kent), then Angles, Saxons, & Frisians (Anglo Saxons) - Founding of England, settlement - Keel boats - Angles in the North of England also included people from Norway and Western Sweden

Jutes first (to Kent), then Angles, Saxons, & Frisians (Anglo Saxons) - Founding of England, settlement - Keel boats - Angles in the North of England also included people from Norway and Western Sweden

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