How was England formed?

Published 2021-08-16
How was England formed?

The existence of England is one that is often taken for granted and looked at far too scarcely. This may be due to the overshadowing history of the development of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, but nonetheless, in order for these unions to be formed, England had to already exist - and it actually has since 927 AD. So, how was England created, who claimed the land before the English, and how did it become the nation that we know today?...

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♦Script & Research :
Skylar J. Gordon

♦Sources :

Hamerow, Helena. The Origins of Wessex.

Stenton, Frank. Anglo-Saxon England.

Rees, Rosemary. The Vikings.

Albany F. Major, Early Wars of Wessex

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All Comments (21)
  • Since TikTok got confused about this I just wanna pop in and say - I’m the scriptwriter on this video and at the beginning when referencing “Scots” and pointing to Ireland, that’s not a mistake! The Scots/Scoti/Scotti were Gaels from Ireland around the same time that the Picts were in Scotland! I see why it confused people on TikTok and everyone here seems fine but, just in case 😂
  • @VarleyET
    Anyone who's interested in seeing how this played out in a TV series: The Last Kingdom did a great job covering it and it was very entertaining
  • @emkaydee6048
    Aethelstan was buried in my hometown, alongside those from his army at the battle of Brunanburh, a very small town called Malmesbury. His remains are lost, but the memorial is in the Abbey still. Direct descendants of his army who still live locally have a society called “commoners” as they still collectively own an area of common land that Athelstan gave to those men!
  • I am amazed how a relatively small island nation had a great influence on the world. It's remarkable that English became the most spoken language - Latin of the 21st century and the long pursued dream of having an universal/world language is becoming true. Thanks for the great video. Greetings from Poland!
  • @elvenkind6072
    Great job! I'm really, deeply interested in history, and specially English and Norse history, but I've never seen such an elegant presentation of how England came to be. You got a new subscriber, and naturally a like! Have a nice weekend everyone, from Alv, Norway.
  • From Ireland here, our lessons are pretty broad so we learn most of this, but it would be nice to hear about places that don't get talked about as much such as Cornwall, Isle of Man and Isle of Wight.
  • The TV show (Netflix: Last Kingdom) is based on the books by Bernard Cornwell which cover most of this period in great detail. He is one of the leading historical fiction writers out there. Uthred in the books/show is a fictional character that he uses to weave the story through the history - giving him a key role or reason to be involved in the main events. He is inspired by the Bernard Cornwell's distant ancestor, Uthred. At the end of each book, the Author writes a small summary of the real history and the adaptions he's made to fit the story. The books also include maps from the time period, and the saxon naming with English translations - Which allows you to see the language and geographical development of the country. The show is good in general, but it has huge inaccuracies in how the period is portrayed which is a shame as the author and books cover this accurately - but i guess that is a tv screenwriting / budgeting decision. I would highly recommend the books.
  • @Clone683
    As a Brit, this is already way more than I learned in History class
  • @dazediss6629
    This was really interesting as I’m from Cumbria, which on the map is the part of England directly east of the Isle of Man, formally part of southern Strathclyde. It explains why my ancestors all spoke an ancient language of Cumbric, which was a blend of Celtic, Welsh & Norse. It became extinct in the 12th century - after the carve up of Strathclyde. But it does explain why the dialects & accents around where I live are so weirdly diverse, more so than any other region in the U.K.

    For instance - 3 miles up the road in Gretna, Dumfries & Galloway - everybody speaks with a Scottish accent. 2 miles east in the western Yorkshire dales - everyone speaks with a Yorkshire accent, 10 miles south in Lancaster everyone speaks with a Lancashire accent, and everyone in the Lake District (where I live) has a totally unique accent which is a blend of all 4.
  • @jinnkuntv6454
    Loved the middle age English history! Wish I could visit england someday and see historic places, figures and such! Greetings from Philippines!
  • @essel5771
    I heard about The Battle of Brunanburh when I was researching my surname. The story goes that it was realised, at the time, what an important victory this was. Indeed, it was spoken of in terms of awe for many years afterwards and was referred to as "The Dear Victory" - approximate translation of "Leof Siege". Apparently, some of the protagonists took their new surnames from this and started the line which would include the Liversedges and, like my surname, Livesley. I'm not sure how much of this is accurate but it makes a nice story.
  • This is a really interesting history lesson. Thanks for posting. However, it seems like it concluded a bit early. I would have expected the 1066 Norman invasion to be a crucial aspect to the formation of England.
  • @lordsiomai
    Up to this day, I still find it astounding how this small island nation was able to become the "empire in which the sun never sets" later on in history.
  • @kapilbusawah7169
    I love this video. For the next history lesson, it would be great to have a timer in one of the corners so we can better appreciate the timeline between events
  • @1giblesp
    Thanks for the enjoyable video.

    The first Viking raiders actually came from Denmark, as did the Jutes and Angles. It wasn't an army that raided Lindisfarne, the first raids were small bands that hit hard and fast.
  • @aleqrobinson2876
    Very interesting video. The Norse/British Isles period, will always be one of my fav historical periods.
    For anyone interested The Vikings and The Last Kingdom are two great TV shows that deal with this portion of history.
  • @adampalmer5399
    I’m late to this piece but this was really good. I knew a lot about the start of the Viking Invasion & then Alfred taking back Wessex but I didn’t know everything after that so great job while keeping it interesting!🤟🤯💯
  • @sorel456
    I'm sure this amount of history you covered could be told for hours. I thank you for the 10 min abridgement.
    do you teach at a University? I would love to subscribe myself to your lectures.
  • @BoxerRick
    Love this video and all Dark Age history. My family was supposed to have first come from Ireland to fight in the battle of Heavenfield for King Oswald. Thanks for this entertaining and informative take.