Monday, October 19, 2009
Anglo-Celtic is a macro-cultural term used to collectively describe the cultures native to Britain and Ireland and the significant diasporas located in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.
"Anglo", in this context, is an abbreviation for Anglo-Saxon, a collective term for ancient Germanic peoples who settled in Britain (especially South and East England) in the middle of the first millennium. As the Normans who arrived from Normandy and settled mainly in England after 1066 AD are commonly known as 'Anglo-Norman', the term can also be inclusive of this cultural group.
"Celtic", in this instance, refers to the Celtic peoples predominantly inhabiting Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. The term does not usually include the Celtic peoples of mainland or continental Europe, such as the Bretons, even though Britain and Brittany had a close relationship during the Middle Ages.
Posted by esoteric at 11:07 PM