Map showing the Saxons homeland in traditional region bounded by the three rivers:
Src: "Freeman's Historical Geography
The modern-day state Schleswig-Holstein
bordered on the
, in the days of the early Saxons.
The Saxons or Saxon people are (today) a part of the
German people, with their main areas of
settlements in the
German States of
Westphalia, and the northeastern part of the
First told about by the Ancient Greek
Jean Julien, the
pre-Christian area of the Saxon people first covered an area a little more to the northwest, with parts of the southern
Old Saxony and small parts of the eastern
Netherlands. During the
5th century AD, the Saxons were part of the people
invading the Romano-British
Britannia, and so formed the
Christianization, the Saxons had much
native pre-Christian Germanic
paganism. After Christianization, parts of this
religion remained up to today in people who came from the Saxons.
The word 'Saxon' is thought to come from the word
seax, meaning a mixture of single-edged
knives. The Saxons were thought by
Charlemagne, and some people who study history, to be very war-like and angry.
Many of the words that we use today were created by the Saxons for example, radish.
The Finnish and Estonian name for
Germany, Saksa, comes from the Saxons.