- 14 Aug 2010 19:31
Celt is a general term for a widespread culture, which is prehistory in the sense they didnt write stuff down, so there plenty of vagueness. Angles were from denmark, Saxons from upper german plain. Celtic society is a more losely (you might say primative but it is prejuriotive) settled village culture without extentisive farming and clearing of land. You could interupt the conflict in England post roman as conflict over space s the more extentisive farming practices in continietal society leading to greter population, a land shortage, and expanists colonization of England. Anglo-Saxon is only really used in the context of England (which is a corruption of Angland, land of the Angles.) It's not really accurate as the Angles and Saxons ddint really co-operate or get along, settled differenet parts of Englnd (Angles in north along the east coast, saxons in the south ) and had different settlement cultural patterns, the Angles less numbers more interested in dominating locals, the saxons with greater numbers more pushing the locals out.
Normans are late comers who cleaned up. They are Viking settlers mixed with franks? William the conquorers grand father was referred to as a sea raider (though where I got that from I'm not sure.) The Normans were a vigorous hybrid breed who used horses rather than long ships but were pherhaps more virulent than there Viking ancestors, always cropping building their castle/forts and becoming brigand/nobles where ever the locals werent well protected, from England to the Holyland. William's invasion pherhaps only got up because the Saxon army had only recently beaten of a large Viking Army in the North (under the Harald Haralda, Viking King and one time Varangian Guardsmen, Varangian is a name for Vikings settling on the Russian Baltic coast, who provided first mercaries to the East Roman "Byzantine" Empire, then the famous Varangian Guard, though after 1066 it was increasingly Saxons) which meant William didnt face anything like the full saxon force, as Harold raced down to Hastings without waiting for more forces after the victory agianst the Vikings at stamford bridge. The Norman principalities of southern Italy would have a long running wars with the Byzantines.
Eventually the Byzantine Empire was defeated and Constinople was conquored by the 4th Crusade and there was the Crazed Latin Empire (and short lived) and various crusder states like the Frankish Duchy of Athens, Which ws conquored by another famous Merconary band, the Grand Catalan Company (which is just another crazy episode in history, they should make a film, the company were some sort of fore runner of later catalonian anarchists, as they had collective leadership. Mind you for most of there most important history they were led by disgraced templar Roger du Flor who reputedly made his fortune at the fall of acre by commedring a ship and charging big fees to get out of acre, the arch bishop reputetedly took too many refugees and the boat capsized But how did Roger become leader when the catalans didnt have leaders? No one has explained that one,) anyway the Catalans took over Athens and ruled there for 70 odd years.
OK I am rambling now.