- Nov 2008
Those Saxon foederati or mercenaries who were probably the first to arrive would have no doubt have taken British wives and girlfriends. That is an example of the settled order of nature. How long this "love in" lasted is another question.I don't know if they are mentioned in the sources so how long were anglo saxon men interacting with british women?
We must not be too eager to regard this Welsh horseman in the king`s service as an important man. He may well have been no more than a messenger, but one who spoke Brittonic and who interacted with Ine`s new British subjects. The fact that he was given a relatively high wergild may have reflected that he was in the king`s service. I suspect King Ine`s slaves also commanded a higher wergild than those owned by gesiths.We know that Ine's law refers to the king's welsh horse messenger so, there is an example of some britons being placed in a position of trust