Timelines to Visualize History

A Project by the Department of Medieval English Literature and Historical Linguistics, University of Düsseldorf

Begin End Event Description Keywords Related Events
449 600

Invasion of Germanic Tribes

The famous scholar Bede mentions the year 449 as the traditional date of the coming of Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians. The Germanic tribes summoned by King Vortigern settled and eventually took over most of the area which is now England. They brought their language with them, which at that time was the variety of Western Germanic. While 449 is recorded as the first arrival of the Germanic tribes, they continued to colonize the British Isles for another century. This process is often called consolidation.
Political, Old English Period, History