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The Germanic-speakers in Britain, themselves of diverse origins, eventually developed a common cultural identity as Anglo-Saxons.
This process occurred from the mid-fifth to early seventh centuries, following the end of Roman power in Britain around the year 410.
The settlement was followed by the establishment of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the south and east of Britain, later followed by the rest of modern England.
The available evidence includes the scanty contemporary and near-contemporary written record, and archaeological and genetic information.
In this view, held by the majority of historians until the mid to late twentieth century, much of what is now England was cleared of its prior inhabitants.
If this traditional viewpoint were to be correct, the genes of the later English people would have been overwhelmingly inherited from Germanic migrants.
Britain for Gildas was the whole island; ethnicity and language were not his issue, he was concerned with the leaders' faith and actions.
In the Chronicle, Britain is grouped with four other Roman territories which came under 'Germanic' dominion around the same time, the list being intended as an explanation of the end of the Roman empire in the west.In this case, the prevalent genes of later Anglo-Saxon England could have been largely derived from moderate numbers of Germanic migrants.By 400, the Roman provinces in Britain (all the territory to the south of Hadrian's Wall) were a peripheral part of the Roman Empire, occasionally lost to rebellion or invasion, but until then always eventually recovered.There is a strong tradition of Christian writers who were concerned with the moral qualities of leadership and Gildas joined these.He used apocalyptic language: for example the Saxons were "villains", "enemies", led by a Devil-father.