Angles in our Midst?

arm splints

In my Wolf Spear Saga series the tribe of the Wolf Sons that give my first novel its name of ‘WULFSUNA’ are from Sachsen; they are Saxons, not Angles. The Angles that feature in my series appear as enemies to the Wolf Sons because of their betrayal of Wulfric. Historically, however, not much distinguishes these two kingdoms from each other. In reality, there were Angles and Saxons who would likely have been limitanei and/or foederati side-by-side for the Roman Empire in Britain and throughout the empire. I merely chose to have these two tribes in opposition for the purposes of my Wolf Spear Saga, to define my Wolf Sons from any other Germanic kingdom.

The Angles are no evil, arbitrary tribe out to attack the Saxons. The Angles of my story belong to Eadmaer’s tribe of ‘the boars’, tha Eforas; their leader is a supposed ally to Wulfric and Wulfgar, but he has his own ‘dream’ agenda – following the footsteps and intentions of his father, Maerard. If you have read ‘WULFSUNA’ you will have heard mention of how, when it came to leave a deteriorating Bryton and return to Germania, Maerard wanted to seek alliance with the Pictii. He saw them as a strong force who, in the absence of Rome, would take control of the isle. They would become the ruling tribe, in Maerard’s opinion.

Boar family

He would have been right, were it not for limitanei and foederati who settled or became billeted in local towns that the Romano-British leaders paid to fend off these people. There are mentions in historical writings of Angles and Picts coming together to secure land and wedding their daughters to cement alliances. Maerard would have been one such tribal leader, whispered of in past documents, had he not met a different fate.

So it was not to be, at least not during the reign of Lord Wulfgar. Those that sailed from the fens that day though – where did they go? Did they continue to sail north up the coast in search of these blue painted tribes? Were they able to secure an alliance with them, in exchange for the whereabouts of some foederati descendants? Surely the Pictii would pay good coin, or give land and brides to any who could point them in the direction of the foes who had hounded them ‘per lineum valli’…along the Wall?

Hadrians Wall

In my second Wolf Spear Saga, tha Eforas, are a more distant thorn in the side of my men of the Seax, my Seaxans of Wulfgarsaetan (Wulfgar’s settlement). While Wulfsuna were building a kingdom in the heart of the isle, expanding and trading among Romano-British and Wealisc (Celtic) communities, Eadmaer’s Angles have dug-in further north. Without mercenaries to harass them, the Pictii accompany Eadmaer’s Angles, moving southwards into territory they longed to capture during Roman occupation.

However, they are merely a secondary concern for the characters of my second novel in my series. The sights of a few are set much further north and once again, innocent bystanders will be brought under the immense and inescapable power of the infamous Wolf Spear Saga.


About E S Moxon

E S MOXON has had a lifelong passion for history and writing. A childhood filled with family visits to ancient burial sites and stone circles fuelled her imagination. Inspired by classic medieval tales and Norse sagas, Elaine imagined herself inhabiting these Dark Ages and exploring the landscapes in her mind and continues to do so through her novels. The first in her ‘Wolf Spear Saga’ series is ‘WULFSUNA’ and books two and three will be out soon. When not lost in pages of the past, she lives in the Midlands with her family.
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