Saturday, January 21, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 5th secular

- with the departure of the Roman troops from Britain (c. 410-411), Irish invaders began raiding British towns - a Vortigern (British name, he was probably a Roman who also claimed to be an Augustus) invited the Saxons to be “federate” allies (and to live in Britain) in order to protect the island from Irish raiders - eventually the Irish problem was ended by marrying Vortigern's daughter to the Irish king and sending (?) Patrick as a missionary to Ireland to convert them
- while that was going on, by the 460's, the Saxons, Angles and Jutes were beginning to be too “expensive” to protect Britain, and the British tried to send them away - Vortigern wanted to keep them, and so the British turned to Ambrosius Aurelianus and later his successor, Artorius (470?-490?, better known as King Arthur), to drive out the Germans settling in the land - he at least was able to stop the spread of the German settlers, and seems to have been recognized as the great king or emperor in England

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