How the Romans
ended up leaving Britain.
- There were troubles back in
- One after another, officers in
the Roman Army stationed in Britain decided that they could
make a better job of things if they were Emperor.
- The best known of these men was
called Magnus Maximus.
- Each candidate took lots of
troops from Britain to fight for them in Europe, the last in
- The army had made up a large part
of the Roman administration and had helped the
government to keep order in Britain.
- Their removal meant other
arrangements had to be made.
- Attacks from the Saxons (from
Northern Germany), the Picts (from Scotland) and the
had to be fought off by local militia (part-time
soldiers drawn from local communities) and mercenaries
(hired soldiers, usually from abroad).
- The only 'Romans' who left
Britain were those in the army (and their families). Some
landowners with houses in Europe or rich merchants may also
have decided it was best to return home. Most of the 'Romano-British' tried to continue their lives as normal.
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