For 500 years after the end of the Roman period, the British Isles were a patchwork of Celtic British kingdoms and principalities in the west and north, and Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the east and south. The borders of these kingdoms were relatively fluid, and at times a 'High King' or Bretwalda achieved overlordship over other kingdoms, such as King Raedwald of the famous Sutton Hoo ship burial in the 7th century, and King Offa of Mercia, remembered for Offa's Dyke in the late 8th century. But there was no King of the English and no England. The Danish and Norse Viking raids and migration further disrupted any progress towards nation building by the Angles and Saxons, and it fell to the descendants of King Alfred of Wessex in the 10th century to achieve a unity of nation, language and culture that is recognisably 'Angleland' or England. The tale is worth the telling!