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The history of England The history of England starts with the PREHISTORIC PERIODS As long ago as 3500BC The Paleolithic Mesolithic Neolithic Bronze and Iron ages were all prehistoric periods when bands of hunters inhabited Englands shores It was in the Neolithic age 3500BC-1700BC that the great ceremonial complexes of Avebury and Stonehenge were built in England The Bronze age 1700-650BC brought inhabitants the CELTS from central Europe to England These people were capable of smelting bronze then later iron - hence the naming of the periods Bronze and Iron Ages The Celts brought with them two forms of the Celtic language Gaelic still spoken in Scotland by a few people and Brythonic still spoken in Wales by a few people In AD 43 came the ROMAN invasion of England with Julius Caesar The Emperor of Rome Hadrian unable to capture Scotland built the Hadrian wall in AD122 to keep the Scottish out of his Roman civilisation in England Wales fell to the Romans around AD80 The south of England was considered by the Romans to be civilised whilst the North held the savages London was established as the main centre of England by the Romans and straight paved roads led from London to important regional centres of the Roman time Lincoln York and Chester The Romans brought stability and considerable economic advantage to England for nearly four centuries Emperor Constantine brought Christianity in AD313 In AD 409 Roman rule ended The Roman rule declined of its own and England was more or less abandoned by the Romans and left to crumble Teutonic tribes coming from north of the Rhine began to move into southern England overwhelming the existing Celts and leaving an ANGLO-SAXON legacy Angles and Saxons both natives of Germany The VIKINGS from Scandinavia were another invader who in AD865 tried to conquer the Anglo-Saxons For quite a period control of England see-sawed between a Saxon King Edgar King of Mercia and
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