A Germanic people, who together with the Saxons and Jutes, invaded and settled in Britain during the fifth century. It is thought that they originated from Angeln, a region in Schleswig, Northern Germany, and were first settled in Britain as Roman foederati (auxiliary soldiers) during the fourth century. The Angles mainly settled in the north and east of England, particularly in the two early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of East Anglia and Middle Anglia. The name England is also derived from the Angles.
Related term(s): Jutes
Category: Dynasties and Groups
Last modified: 03.31.06
Contributor(s): Alan Chanter
Source information: Kenyon, J.P. The Wordsworth Dictionary of British History. Wordsworth Editions, 1998.