L.I: TO INVESTIGATEWHY THE ROMANS LEFT BRITAIN AND WHY THEANGLO-SAXONS INVADEDWho is this? Gildas
WHO WAS GILDAS? No one knows exactly what happened just after the Romans leftBritain but we have a source of written information from a monk called Gildas.• British monk – a Christian• Considered the first British historian.• Anglo –Saxons mercenaries were invited to come and help fight alongside the King of Kent against the tribes who lived in the north.• Account written in 550AD, a long time after events were supposed to have happened.
Gildas wrote:‘They invited like wolves in a sheepfold the fierce and ungodly Saxons., a race that both God and men hated, to drive back the attacks of the northern tribes’Discuss with your partner:What opinion do you think Gildas had about the Saxons?Do you think that his account is reliable evidence? Explainyour reasons.
YOUR TASK:• Use the information from the PowerPoint to write down information on Gildas.• Put the title: Invaders of Britain in your book. Then copy the map showing who the invaders were – Source A on page 24 and label it.• Using the text, add information around the map.