A few notes from Edge of Empire of interest to the situation in Britannia. See my review yesterday for more on the Low Countries.
|Milestone commemorating the edge of the Roman Empire in Utrecht|
I wonder whether and when the country became a grain exporting country again. As said, the loss of Britannia also effectively made the Rhine frontier undefendable. Even though grain might have been provided from further away, this would have been too expensive.
North Sea in this period was more alive than I’d have
thought. Considering that the large raids by Chauki pirates on the coast of Flanders in 47 and 172 AD were recorded, suggests that
they were also active at other times. They probably also were part of the threat that led to the establishment of the Saxon Shore fortresses. Lendering and Bosman suggest that the Saxons took over the role of pirates.
I'm now firmly in the camp that thinks that Saxon was a generic name for Germans from the continent in the 5th and 6th centuries..
|Dutch 2010 edition|