North Sea Germanic people, from the eponymous area
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The Angles were Germanic peoples from Northern Germany and Denmark who invaded Britain from around 410 CE. Their name seems to be connected with Angeln, a modern district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The Angles, together with the Jutes, Saxons and Frisians, were among the tribes who sailed across the North Sea in the 5th century to invade Britain.[1] The various tribes were later called "Anglo-Saxon".[2].


  1. Peter Hunter Blair; Simon Keynes, An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), p. 10
  2. Mark Harrison. They came to rule Britain and became known as Anglo-Saxon Thegn AD 449-1066 (London: Osprey, 1993), p. 3

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