After the Fall of Rome D.18.05.28

27 May

Life in Western Europe after the fall of Rome was often, nasty, brutish, and short. There is no question that the collapse of Roman civilization was accompanied by a decline in general living standards.
The violence of roving bands of looters was compounded by a general breakdown of order and of civic life.
There were shortages of food, epidemics of disease and general poverty and uncertainty.
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Ancient Cycle of Life D.18.05.27

26 May

The ancient Celtic grave rocks were similar to the Incan tradition. In ancient Peru it was considered you were alive and part of the cycle of life. Putting the body into the rocks was part of the life cycle.
Death was simply a door to another existence. So, beyond warfare and despite a very tragic period of conflict.
In the early modern period and English and Irish identities became quite separate but they were still inheritors of a magnificent shared tradition of the cycle of life.
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The Robin Hood Legend D.18.05.26

25 May

The image of Robin Hood continued with a mixed Celtic/Saxon influence. Robin who was famous for shooting the long bow and arrow.
This was the weapon to be had at the end of the 12th century. He is likened with his hunting horn and has appeared as an image in Celtic literature and English literature. A discovery that they had more in common than shared.
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Ethnic Blending D.18.05.25

24 May

Ethnic blending was great in the early years, even in the most unitary and apparently uniform Cultural enclaves.
The Celtic and Saxon legends continued very strongly into the modern age. The most famous legend being of Robin Hood.
The Saxon outlaw who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. And particularly some sort of tree worshiping Celt. He fell in love with and conquered the Lady Marion who was herself of Norman French background, and together according to the legend they brought good King Richard back to replace his tyrannical brother, King John.
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The Cultures D.18.05.24

23 May

Despite much ethnic and cultural mixing in Ireland itself, Ireland is always going to have a slightly different Celtic history than Wales.
There are stronger boundaries between Celtic, Saxon and Norman culture. This is about allegiance, not of race.
The boundaries in Ireland do not always follow ethnic allegiance, but they do follow cultural allegiance.
In other words, a Celt who decides to live as a Norman Frenchmen will very much be a norm and the cultures are separate, however that does not mean, it does not betoken ethnic separation.
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The Druids D.18.05.23

22 May

Who are the Druids? Well that is a continued debate. The Druids is referred to the spiritual men and women of early Celtic culture. This is in the pre-Christian era, when the tree was considered to be one of the sacred spots of the spirits of nature.
By the time of either mythical or historical outlaw Robin Hood in the late 12th, very early 13th century. Robin Hood was himself supposed to be a Saxon, but he appears to be a Saxon who fought the invading Normans, the French, and as a Saxon he appeared to have imbibed a great deal of Celtic culture and his headquarters in Sherwood Forest and the way in which he sacralised the trees.
All the great meetings of Robin Hood and his Merry Men and his lady love, Maid Marian, took place under the great oak.
This spoke of an earlier Celtic influence, because by the late 13th century in both England Wales, when the battle of Robin Hood first appeared in written form. May have existed in oral form much earlier.
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The Saxons and the Brits D.18.05.22

21 May

At the time the Saxons conquered the Britons in England and Whales, they gathered the earlier Celtic mythology for their own ends.
The legends merged and many Celtic like the forest elements in the ballad of Robin Hood. Particularly the Druidical elements and the Great Oak of Sherwood Forest.
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