Not often that I post articles on the history forum these days, but recently I came across an article about the origins of the English that is stunning because 1) it's argument is at least plausible if not compelling (it is based on an oral presentation and probably needs go be developed further) and 2) its picture of sub-Roman Britain and the ethnogenesis of the English is so different from the standard account but so in sync with what we know about the Late Antique West. I post about it here because it was published in a relatively obscure Cambridge University journal that few will probably read. The basic thesis is that until about the reign of Justinian, eastern Britain was part of the sphere of the Ostrogoths, or at least open to the hegemony of their rulers. He has spotted the fact that some key ancestors of early English rulers who lived at this time have Gothic names, and suggests certain English kingship originated in Gothic appointees. Then, basically, Slav invasions and the contraction of the Germanic speaking world in this period, and the rise of Merovingian Frankish power split the Germanic world into two competing cultural zones, a Frankish zone and a Danish zone. This coincided with the appearance of the culture of halls in the Germanic world--the familiar culture of Beowulf (and modern fantasy like Skyrim). The Germanic speakers of Britain, of no particular Germanic origin themselves despite later mythology, began to become English with the formation of hall culture and identify themselves with the Danish zone and hence why, in stories like Beowulf, there is a love of a Scandinavian setting (rather that, say, a British setting or the Rhine setting of Frankish-derived tales). Among the other fascinating observations, he noticed that Hengest, alleged progenitor of the Kentmen and English in later tales, appears to originate as a Germanic translation of cantarius, which he suggests was understood as a pun. Although it meant 'gelding', it sounded like an eponym of the subroman Cantware, Kent people. It's called "Imagining English origins", by A. D. Woolf of St Andrews. Quaestio Insularis: Selected Proceedings of the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Vol. 18 Cambridge, 2018. p. 1-20. I hesitate to post it here, but it is readable on academia.edu if you have an account.