The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Saturday, February 08, 2003


Via Jon Jay Ray I found this BBC educational slideshow on the settlement of Britain by Angles, Saxons, and Jutes.

The narrative is illustrated by a young woman drawn in the traditional Anglo-Saxon manner, with long braided blonde hair. (She says things like "Each boatload of people formed a settlement with its own leader.", which is perhaps less realistic than "Ja, now the men are hacking Celtic villagers to pieces.")

I was puzzled by the path taken by the three German tribes. How did the Jutes wind up all the way in Wessex? It looks like a football play: "Saxons, you go straight and short to the eastern fens. Anglians, fade deep into Northumbria. Jutes, run a post into Wessex."

This reminds me of one of my favorite boardgames, Brittania. In this four-player game you control four or five of the 17 tribes, some of which are on the board in the beginning of the game and some of which enter later. You try to control various areas to gain victory points for your tribes. There are 16 turns, the first being the Roman invasion and the last being the Norman Conquest.


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