These may have been the ancient Britons whom Caesar fought when he first came to our shore.
Later still, when the Saxons came, the Britons were driven by degrees into the mountains of Wales and the wilds of Cornwall, while others fled again across the sea to Brittany.
The Normans and the Bretons were very different peoples, as different as the Britons and the English.
And at last he says: "As barbarism crept in they were no longer called Britons, but Welsh, a word derived either from Gualo, one of their dukes, or from Guales, their Queen, or else from their being barbarians.
Geoffrey then says that he hands over the matter of writing about the later Welsh and Saxon kings to others, "Whom I bid be silent as to the kings of the Britons, seeing that they have not that book in the British speech which Walter, Archdeacon of Oxford, did convey hither out of Brittany, the which I have in this wise been at the pains of translating into the Latin speech.
But of what class the remiss Britons
were composed, and where the unlucky creatures hid themselves, and why they hid themselves, and how it constantly happened that they neglected their interests, when so many other Britons
were quite at a loss to account for their not looking after those interests, was not, either upon the shore of the yellow Tiber or the shore of the black Thames, made apparent to men.
On these occasions might be seen the change since the unceremonious times of the old French traders; now the aristocratic character of the Briton
shone forth magnificently, or rather the feudal spirit of the Highlander.
Neither responsibility could in fact have been fixed upon him, and just now, at all events, he was only a pleasant weather-washed wind-battered Briton
, who brought in from a struggle with the elements that he appeared quite to have enjoyed a certain amount of unremoved mud and an unusual quantity of easy expression.
I insisted, courteously but firmly, on being accorded that deference and attention that was the right of the traveling Briton
, and at the end I looked her full in the face.
This, principally because the Complete British Housewife, however sound a Briton
at heart, was by no means an expert Briton
at expressing herself with clearness in the British tongue, and sometimes might have issued her directions to equal purpose in the Kamskatchan language.
Then he flattered himself that he looked like a true Briton
, but the first time he had the mud cleaned off his shoes, the little bootblack knew that an American stood in them, and said, with a grin, "There yer har, sir.
Synopsis: Ahead of a historic vote to stay in or leave the European Union, fewer than four in 10 Britons
approve of the EU's leadership.