The Battle of Badon Hill

In the early 5th century A.D. the Romans abandoned their “outpost” in what is now England to concentrate on the barbarian threat in Gaul. This left the native Britons as a disorganized and divided peoples. Squabbling and strife ensued as the highly fragmented Briton chieftains sought to improve their fortunes at the expense of the others.

Around the middle of the 5th century, the Saxons invaded from what is now the area around Germany. The Britons were numerically superior and possessed comparable, if not superior, technology. However, the Britons were not able to cast aside their differences to put up a united front. As a result, over the next half-century or so, the Saxons slowly and methodically pushed the Britons across what is now England.

Towards the end of the 5th century, the Britons found themselves relegated to one or two small corners of England. Faced with extermination, the Britons finally united and succeeded in driving back the Saxons in a series of 10 engagements. The final battle was fought at a location referred to as Badon Hill, where the Saxons were finally defeated.

Nobody has ever effectively determined the actual location of Badon Hill, but many guess it is somewhere in Southeast England. Some believe that the legendary King Arthur was involved, but historians dismiss this. We know very little of the battle, but we do know the following: the Britons did cast aside their differences and unite to defeat the Saxons, ushering in a rare 50-year period of peace.

We chose this name because it illustrates the power of unity and teamwork, or perhaps, the perils of their lacking. Our philosophy is that excess returns are generated by taking a team approach to investing, with different asset classes sharing information instead of trading as an island. This is ingrained into each member of Badon Hill on a daily basis.

Incidentally, it is probably worth noting that by the middle of the 6th century the Britons had gone back to squabbling amongst themselves, dividing themselves into 7 kingdoms. The Saxons took the opportunity to attack, sweeping the 7 kingdoms off the island one by one. Those that escaped settled in a region of modern day France, which is now called Brittany. They would not be back to England for 500 years.

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