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Adventus, warfare and the Britons in the development of West Saxon identity.

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DOI: 10.1484/m.celama-eb.1.101665
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Durham Research Online Deposited in DRO: 05 July 2013 Version of attached file: Accepted Version Peer-review status of attached file: Peer-reviewed Citation for published item: Clay, John-Henry (2013) 'Adventus, warfare and the Britons in the development of West Saxon identity.', in Post-Roman transitions : Christian and Barbarian identities in the Early Medieval West. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 169-213. Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (CELAMA). (14). Further information on publisher's website: Publisher's copyright statement: Additional information: Use policy The full-text may be used and/or reproduced, and given to third parties in any format or medium, without prior permission or charge, for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes provided that: • a full bibliographic reference is made to the original source • a link is made to the metadata record in DRO • the full-text is not changed in any way The full-text must not be sold in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders. Please consult the full DRO policy for further details. Durham University Library, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LY, United Kingdom Tel : +44 (0)191 334 3042 | Fax : +44 (0)191 334 2971 1 Adventus, Warfare and the Britons in the Development of West Saxon Identity 1 Introduction Among the many debts of gratitude which historians of Anglo-Saxon England owe to the Venerable Bede is that, thanks to him, we can witness the term ‘West Saxon’ come into use as a political and ethnic group name. Bede, writing before 731, twice mentioned in the Historia Ecclesiastica that the West Saxons of the late seventh century had formerly been known as the Gewissae. 2 The significance of the name-change, which occurred at a moment of dynastic transition and rapid d

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