The viking age: the early history, manners, and customs of by Paul B (Paul Belloni) 1835 Du Chaillu

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The hypothesis that the expression " litus Saxonicum is derived from the enemy to whose ravages it was exposed seems improbable. " Is it not much more probable that the " must mean the shore of the country settled, not attacked, by Saxons? The mere fact of their attacking the shore would not have given rise to the name applied to it had they not settled there, for I litus Saxonicum per Britannias maintain that there literature of a is no instance in the whole of country being named after the Roman people who If, on the other hand, the Saxons had landed and formed settlements on the British coasts, the origin of the name " Litus Saxonicum " is easiivd understood.

Gallicanos vero tractus Franci, et iisdem confines, quo quisque erumpere potuit terra vel mari, prxdis acerbis inceudiisque et captivorum fu" 3 Saxones hominum violabant (Ammianus Marcellinus, d. circ. 400, lib. xxvii. c. 8, neribus 5). " Cons. Hon. iv. ) THE SO-CALLED SAXONS AND FRANKS. 13 would appear that these tribes must have come from a country further eastward than the Roman provinces, and that as they came with ships, their home must have been on the It in fact, Baltic, the Cattegat, and Norway the which the numerous precisely country antiquities point to as inhabited by an extremely warlike and maritime race, shores of the ; which had great intercourse with the Greek and Roman world.

140) is the first writer who mentions the Saxons as inhabitingD a territory north of the Elbe, on the neck of the Cimbric Chersonesus. 1 They occupied but a small space, for between them and the Cimbri, at the northern extremity of *t the peninsula, he places ten other tribes, among them the Angli. About a century after the time of Ptolemy, Franks and Saxons had already widely extended their expeditions at sea. D. " He circ. 280). 2 (Probus) permitted the Bastarnae, a Scythian race, who had submitted themselves to him, to settle in certain districts of Thrace which he allotted to them, and from thenceforth these people always lived under the laws and institutions of Home.

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