And They Called it England: Place-Naming and the Anglo-Saxon Emigration to Byzantium
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
According to the anonymous author of the Old Norse Jatvarar Saga, a group of Anglo-Saxon nobles fleeing from William's rule in a newly conquered England traveled south to Constantinople, and by their service to the Emperor there they were able to colonize a remote settlement, probably somewhere near modern-day Hungary, that they renamed England. Rather than debate the historical veracity of this event , this paper will address this text's presentation of the act of naming a place of settlement for one's ethnic homeland and discuss the significance of this early example of a phenomenon more associated with fifteenth and sixteenth century new world exploration.
International Medieval Congress
Anderson, Rachel, "And They Called it England: Place-Naming and the Anglo-Saxon Emigration to Byzantium" (2010). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 70.