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The Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain was a consequence of the migration of Germanic peoples from continental Germania during the Early Middle Ages, after the demise of Roman rule in the 5th century. These peoples are traditionally divided into Angles, Saxons and Jutes, but research conducted in the early 20th century suggests that a wide range of Germanic peoples from the North Sea coasts of Frisia, Lower Saxony, and Jutland may have moved to Britain in this era.

Early German warriors. Ca. AD 9. The Germans of the era were barbarian tribes and largely no match for the tactically and strategically supreme Roman army. The soldiers fought with little organization, virtually no standardized equipment, and sometimes not even boots. They did, however, win a victory at Teutoburger Wald under Hermann. Subsequently, they would absorb some of Rome's culture, in particular military technology. The Germans who conquered Rome bore more similarity to medieval…