& How they
failed to stop the Saxons making Britain their Home.
- There are not many
records of what happened after King Vortigern's death.
- The Saxons took control
of most of Kent.
- In Germany &
Denmark, sea levels were rising and flooding the lands of the Saxons.
Whole villages had to be deserted.
- Lots of groups of people
in Europe were on the move at this time. The Saxons were being
attacked by other Germanic people moving in from the east.
- So the Saxons came to
England because of the three Fs:
- Friendship (offered
- Floods (in their own
- Fighting (from
invaders in their own country)
- More Saxons decided
across the North Sea and settle in Britain with their
families: in Lincolnshire,
East Anglia and Sussex.
- In these areas,
archaeologists have found early Saxon graves and the remains
of Saxon houses. The graves contained
both male and female
skeletons with Saxon
weapons and jewellery.
- Ambrosius seems to have
ruled Britain as High-King, but was unable to stop the Saxons
taking over parts of his country.
- The British began to
leave their towns. Some of the local
kings (or 'tyrants') moved back to the
safety of hillforts where their ancestors had lived
before the Romans came to Britain.
- Old legends tell that
was succeeded by his brother, Uther, and then by Uther's son, Arthur. These men were real but may not have been related.
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