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From the 4th century, during the final phase of Roman rule, there was already controlled settlement of groups of continental Germans in the province of Britannia. At the beginning of the 5th century, this peaceful colonization was replaced by a phase of conquest, in which the Germans shook off the rule of the Romano-Britons. There were several waves of invasions, made up of Jutes, Angles, and Old Saxons. The invaders probably also included Frisians. They were already intermixed when they arrived in England. These people, who dominated southern, central…

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Padberg, Lutz E. von, “Anglo-Saxons”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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