In this lecture:
- Frisian is the continental language most closely related to English.
- Gildas, The Venerable Bede and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle agree on the Anglo-Saxons coming from Denmark and northern Germany.
- The Saxons came from northern Germany and the Jutes and Angles came from what is now Denmark.
- The Jutes and Saxons settled in southern Britain below the Thames and the Angles settled in the middle and northern parts of England.
- Anglo-Saxon pottery and brooches found in England independently confirm the account of migration from these historical sources.
- The Saxons were invited to come to England by the British king Vortigern to repulse the Picts who had invaded Britain. After defeating the Picts, they invited more of the countrymen to come and settle in Britain and overwhelm the weak Britons.
- The collapse of Roman civilization in Britain and the conquest and settlement of Britain by the Angles and Saxons was essentially due to a breakdown of border security and mass immigration that spiraled out of control.
- Gildas was a British monk who wrote in the 6th century and his scathing indictment of his predecessors called On The Ruin of Britain is one of the few historical sources from this turbulent era. It is worth reading again today in light of the Ruin of England.
The Britons lost control of most of their country.
Today we would dismiss that traumatic experience with slogans like “diversity is our strength” and “we are a Nation of Immigrants.” What is happening today is even worse because the non-Whites and Muslims who are settling in England come from radically different cultures and ethnic groups. The Germans and Celts at least had a shared Indo-European background.