How German are the English?
Science sheds light on ancient origin stories
‘The groans of the Britons... The barbarians drive us to the sea, the sea drives us to the barbarians; between these two means of death, we are either killed or drowned.’
So wrote Gildas, the British monk and chronicler whose feast day is today. Writing in the 6thcentury, Gildas described in his rather downbeat book The Ruin and Conquest of Britain the a…