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Rulers of Anglo-Saxon kingdomslocked

(5th cent.–924)

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Following the end of Roman rule (traditionally dated to ad 410), the provinces comprising Britannia (excluding Wales) came gradually under the control of Germanic invaders and settlers, drawn principally, according to Bede, from the peoples known as Angles, Saxons, and Jutes. By the sixth century, what had probably originated as confederations of war bands had coalesced further to form a number of territorial kingdoms. Their boundaries were usually unstable, and by the early eighth century several of the earlier Anglo-Saxon realms had been to a greater or lesser extent absorbed by more powerful neighbours....

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