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Constitutionally England does not exist It is not mentioned in the title of the sovereign who rules the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland have certain governmental institutions of their own but England having subsumed or created those institutions at one time or another needs no special mention Holding more than four-fifths of the population however Englands dominance in the United Kingdom is beyond questionLondon was the largest town in Roman Britain and has been the capital of a unified England since the Norman Conquest of 1066 England has played a dominant role in British history since that timeBy ethnic origin the English are a mongrel breed Their language is polyglot drawn from a variety of sources and its vocabulary has been augmented by importations from all over the world The English language does not identify the English for it is the main language of Wales Scotland Ireland many Commonwealth countries and the United States The primary source of the language however is the main ethnic stem of the English the Anglo-Saxons who invaded and colonized England in the 5th and 6th centuries Their language provides about half the words in modern English vocabularyIn the millennia following the last Ice Age migrant tribes from the continent of Europe and later by traders from the Mediterranean area inhabited the British Isles During the Roman occupation Celtic Brythons inhabited England but the Celts withdrew before the Teutonic Angles Saxons and Jutes from northwestern Germany into the mountainous areas of western and northern Britain The Anglo-Saxons neither preserved nor absorbed the Roman-British culture they found in the 5th century There are few traces of Celtic or Roman Latin in the early English of the Anglo-Saxons though some words survive in place-namesGreek of the educated scholars of the Renaissance The seafarers explorers and empire builders of modern history have imported foreign words most copiously from
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