- Nov 2008
We know that what little british archaology there is, hanging bowls, enamelled objects, is found almost exclusively in germanic contexts.
British women too could have married into anglo saxon settlements for protection.
If Britain's 4m romano british population crashed to 1.5m to 2m, how would 200,000 anglo saxons immigrants grow to become a solid majority?
That was your scenario, not mine. I favour much much chain migration over a couple of centuries.
Bede writes that Aelthfrith did more to drive Britons out or make them tributary.
It is tenuous to assume little assimilation because of some late 7th century laws in one part of the country. Nor do those laws suggest a contemptuous relationship anyway. To the contrary, they show that britons could achieve positions of high rank - "Cyninges horswealh" referring to a king's horse messenger. It shows a degree of trust and the fact that it was written into law suggests that it was not an unusual position.
I will agree with you that there probably have been some inter-marriage, but I don`t believe it was wide-spread as Peter believes, or as he terms it "assimilation". Nevertheless, all of the scenarios mentioned may have happened at different times and in different locations to a certain degree, but not to a large degree. For instance, Aethelfrith, The Northumbrian king, drove out some Britons and made some tributary, but there is no record of my favourite Mercian king, Penda, doing that.