Fair play to Gareth with what he did against Belgium.
Stonehengea Neolithic monument The earliest known evidence of human presence in the area now known as England was that of Homo antecessordating to approximatelyyears ago.
By heating together tin and copper, which were in abundance in the area, the Beaker culture people made bronzeand later iron from iron ores. The development of iron smelting allowed the construction of better ploughsadvancing agriculture for instance, with Celtic fieldsas well as the production of more effective weapons.
Brythonic was the spoken language during this time. Society was tribal; according to Ptolemy 's Geographia there were around 20 tribes in the area.
Earlier divisions are unknown because the Britons were not literate.
Like other regions on the edge of the Empire, Britain had long enjoyed trading links with the Romans. The Romans invaded Britain in 43 AD during the reign of Emperor Claudiussubsequently conquering much of Britainand the area was incorporated into the Roman Empire as Britannia province.
Later, an uprising led by BoudicaQueen of the Iceniended with Boudica's suicide following her defeat at the Battle of Watling Street. According to Bedemissionaries were sent from Rome by Eleutherius at the request of the chieftain Lucius of Britain in AD, to settle differences as to Eastern and Western ceremonials, which were disturbing the church.
There are traditions linked to Glastonbury claiming an introduction through Joseph of Arimatheawhile others claim through Lucius of Britain. This period of Christianity was influenced by ancient Celtic culture in its sensibilities, polity, practices and theology.
Local "congregations" were centred in the monastic community and monastic leaders were more like chieftains, as peers, rather than in the more hierarchical system of the Roman-dominated church.
Contemporary texts describing this period are extremely scarce, giving rise to its description as a Dark Age.
The nature and progression of the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain is consequently subject to considerable disagreement.
Roman-dominated Christianity had, in general, disappeared from the conquered territories, but was reintroduced by missionaries from Rome led by Augustine from onwards.
During the settlement period the lands ruled by the incomers seem to have been fragmented into numerous tribal territories, but by the 7th century, when substantial evidence of the situation again becomes available, these had coalesced into roughly a dozen kingdoms including NorthumbriaMerciaWessexEast AngliaEssexKent and Sussex.
Over the following centuries, this process of political consolidation continued. Later in that century escalating attacks by the Danes culminated in the conquest of the north and east of England, overthrowing the kingdoms of Northumbria, Mercia and East Anglia.
Wessex under Alfred the Great was left as the only surviving English kingdom, and under his successors, it steadily expanded at the expense of the kingdoms of the Danelaw. A fresh wave of Scandinavian attacks from the late 10th century ended with the conquest of this united kingdom by Sweyn Forkbeard in and again by his son Cnut inturning it into the centre of a short-lived North Sea Empire that also included Denmark and Norway.
However, the native royal dynasty was restored with the accession of Edward the Confessor in Catholic monasticism flourished, providing philosophers, and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge were founded with royal patronage. The Principality of Wales became a Plantagenet fief during the 13th century  and the Lordship of Ireland was given to the English monarchy by the Pope.
During the 14th century, the Plantagenets and the House of Valois both claimed to be legitimate claimants to the House of Capet and with it France; the two powers clashed in the Hundred Years' War. In contrast with much of European Protestantism, the roots of the split were more political than theological.
There were internal religious conflicts during the reigns of Henry's daughters, Mary I and Elizabeth I. The former took the country back to Catholicism while the latter broke from it again, forcefully asserting the supremacy of Anglicanism. Competing with Spainthe first English colony in the Americas was founded in by explorer Walter Raleigh in Virginia and named Roanoke.
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