Breton, Brittany, Britain … What Gives?

When one is trying to understand history, countries and geography, especially not one’s native land, it’s confusing as is the case with Breton, Brittany and Britain. Who, what, when and where did you say it is? Briton (or Breton) is the name of one of the tribes who invaded Britain before the Anglo-Saxons (Anglo means English). Britania originally referred to Great Britain especially the southern section but today British territory covers large sections and is known as the United Kingdom. But Brittany (Bretagne) is the old providence of Northwest France and its ancient territory lies in the area now known as Normandy. It gets confusing because, like me, you may picture England when you hear Brittany. Their histories are related but through out the ages, territories are gained and lost. Today, the area known as Brittany belongs to France.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

The Guild (Book 2)

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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