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great ethnic complex of ancient Europe, a basic stock in the composition of the modern peoples of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, N Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, N and central France, Lowland Scotland, and England.
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a Germanic tribe. The Heruli lived originally in northern Europe, migrating to the south in the third century. The eastern Heruli were subjugated by the Huns in the second half of the fourth century; after the collapse of the Hunnic union of tribes, they founded their own “kingdom” on the Danube (circa 500), which was defeated by the Lombards in the early part of the sixth century. The western Heruli were subjugated by the Franks at the beginning of the sixth century.

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In 267 AD the Heruls swept down from the north and left a trail of destruction behind.