Why did the Angles, Saxons & Jutes

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    The Angle, Saxon & Jute slow migration to Britannia is very interesting, but what was happening in their homelands that made or encouraged families to take to boats to travel over the North Sea?As you say, the migration was slow and stories must have filtered back via Germanic refugees that the Britons often fought back, especially during the era of Gildasian peace. Any thoughts on what the impetus might have been to begin & keep travelling to Brittania?

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    Keep listening, because some of this is mentioned in the show.  ;)  But here's a short summary of my thoughts…You have the "wandering of the peoples" thanks to the Huns and others, so things on the continent weren't stable or safe for a bit.  And then later on you have signs of climate change, and the people of the Danish peninsula probably needed to get out of there.  But where could you go?  You can't go south, the Franks were just too strong.  So the obvious choice is to go to the fertile island where other Germanic settlers had already moved to in the fifth century (and were probably doing pretty well). 

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