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This review is from: Introduction to Old English (Paperback)
I arrived here after reading his piece about the Ancient Britons and the arrival by invitation of the Anglo Saxons, or as he said, the "Cowardice" of the Britons, at the time when we were being overseen by the Emporer "Martian".........er???!!.
Well, as an academic, maybe he wouldn't like being corrected, but then maybe he should check his work before submitting it. The name was "Marcian", an Emperor, not a little green man, and before calling a race of people "cowards", one might look no further than our recent history, led by his nation, "You are either with us, or against us", to the continuing debacles in Iraq, Afghanistan and possibly the same outcome in Iran if it happens, ie, from....... "Shock and Awe", to, "We'll be leaving quietly in 2014". Whether then or now Mr BAKER, the British have a chequered history, but we are not cowards, and never have been.
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Initial post: 4 Sep 2013 22:53:10 BDT
He quotes that from the Venerable Bede, it's not his opinion. The author's not calling them cowards, although after the Romans left they may well have been after being under Roman protection for a few hundred years and then having to face us (the English).
Posted on 20 Dec 2013 11:07:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Dec 2013 11:12:53 GMT
Further to what Mick has correctly pointed out, the Britons and Anglo-Saxons were distinct peoples (and in the 400s and 500s at least, the Angles, Saxons and Jutes were probably considered distinct from one another too). Neither the term 'Britons' nor the term 'Anglo-Saxons' is directly analogous to what we might describe as British or English today, and - in any case - to use the fifth-century to exemplify some definition of courage or cowardice for a modern (and much changed) nation is a highly flawed endeavour!
In short, this is a very unfair review of the book based on a poor historical understanding!
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