From the Romans to the Normans: The story of England in the Dark Ages

From the Romans to the Normans: The story of England in the Dark Ages

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  • NOOOO!
  • Around 400 AD Rome begins to fall apart.
  •  Upon the news, the British people destroyed all Rome inventions. This time in history was known as the Dark Ages.  
  • In AD 410, The Angles and Saxons invaded Britain. The Roman Governor of Britain asked Rome to send the Roman Army to help fight these Angles and Saxons. The Roman Emperor said “No”,so now Britain was not protected. Soon, The Anglo - Saxons settled into Britain, they spoke Anglish and called the country Angland. These words would become English and England we use today.
  • The Angles lived in: Mercia (today called the Midlands), Northumbria (still called Northumbria today) and  East Anglia (still called East Anglia today) The Saxons lived in: Sussex (South Saxons), Wessex (West Saxons) and Essex (East Saxons)
  •  After about 400 years, the Vikings from Denmark and Norway attacked England. Soon, the Vikings started to live in England. The Vikings lived in the north of England. The Angles and the Saxons had to live in the south of England.
  • England would not be as one country until King Canute became king in the year 1016 AD. He was a Viking but wanted to be friends with the Anglo - Saxons. When Canute died, his sons Harold Harefoot and Harthacanute became king. Then when they died Edward the Confessor became king. 
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