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  • n. Plural form of Saxon.


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  • These Saxons, from the situation of the country in which they settled, were called the _West Saxons_, and landed in the year 495, under the command of Cerdic, and of his son Kenric. [

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part A. From the Britons of Early Times to King John

  • The second rate fustian squeezes out what is interesting in Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, namely, the evidence concerning the ancestry of the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish people.


  • H.L. Mencken on Anglo-Saxons is required reading as background.

    House Judiciary Panel Hearings on ‘Imperial Presidency’ « Blog

  • She had been taught to consider those whom they call Saxons as a race with whom the Gael were constantly at war; and she regarded every settlement of theirs within the reach of Highland incursion as affording a legitimate object of attack and plunder.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • The land between the two walls has been occupied for a long time by a mix of peopleCeltic people, some of whom came from Ireland and were actually called Scots, Anglo-Saxons from the south, Norse from across the North Sea, and possibly some leftover Picts as well.

    Excerpt: The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro

  • It is, Sir, a great race from which we came, or rather two great races, for I must protest that the way men speak of us as Anglo-Saxons is very imperfect and inadequate.

    The Empire Club of Canada and its Ideal of Imperialism

  • Welsh, as far less likely to mislead than the terms Saxons and Britons, and far truer to history, yet he has not thought proper to follow the obsolete spelling of proper names; he has not, e. g., spelt Edwy, Eadwig or Elgiva, Aelfgifu.

    Edwy the Fair or the First Chronicle of Aescendune

  • If I were just told that a 4th century character were Frisian, I would take the implication to be proto-English - though not listed by Bede, surely Frisians were in the mix of people whom everyone else called Saxons, and who eventually called themselves Angli.

    Lord of Silver, by Alan Fisk. Book review

  • Then the Jews (Ammi) will call the Saxons their sister, long lost, but found at last.

    The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882

  • Then the arch-enemies of the Franks, the Saxons, mixed freely with Slavonic races which extended well into the Hanover country and all over Mecklenburg at one time, so that those who are now called Saxons are, next to the Prussians, more thoroughly mixed with Slavs than any other Germans.

    From a Terrace in Prague


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