Saxon Shore

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A coastal network of late Roman forts stretching from Brancaster to Portchester intended to repel attacks by Saxons. The name ‘Saxon Shore’ (litoris Saxonici) appears only in the Notitia dignitatum, a document drawn up c.ad 408. The overall commander of the military network was the comes, normally translated as ‘the Count of the Saxon Shore’.

Subjects: Archaeology — British History.

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