Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy (17 September 2017, 26 Elul, 5777)
Were Anglo-Saxons more advanced than German Saxons?
Anglo-Saxons came from different parts of Germany, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia than the German Saxons.
Anglo-Saxons had Kings. German Saxons did not have kings.
Anglo-Saxons in Germany did not allow intermarriage with other Germans. In Britain the Anglo-Saxons allowed marriage with each other, i.e. Angles with Saxons, etc, and with the conquered Celts.
Iâ€™m afraid I have to disagree. The Saxons were a tribe/tribal confederation in the region of todayâ€™s Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Westphalia who were exactly those Saxons that migrated to Britain with the Jutes and the Angles. (Their territory led far more to the south than on your map; for example the Cherusci (Battle of the Teutoburg Forest) were part of the Saxons
Perhaps you confuse them with the (Upper) Saxons of today who are in fact not related to the â€œoriginalâ€ Saxons (just the name went south in consequence of a shift of the territory of a Saxon noble house).
There were no â€Anglos-Saxonsâ€ in todayâ€™s Germany; the remaining Angles on the continent merged into the Saxon tribe. Only in England the three Germanic tribes as a whole were called Anglo-Saxons.
The Saxons in fact had no kings (like the Frisians) until the Franks conquered them. That was about the time when the Anglo-Saxons had their first kingdoms. Probably the Saxon nobles had build a Saxon kingdom some day (if the people had let them), but I donâ€™t miss it in our history. :)
I donâ€™t know where you got the information about intermarriage, but this is not based in reality. Intermarriage between ethnic groups was quite usual in those times. The Germanic languages even had no word for it. The whole concept is far newer, the German word â€œMischeheâ€ (mostly pejorative) for English (Latin-rooted) â€œintermarriageâ€ came up in the 19th century. As aÂ confederationÂ of a number of former independent tribes intermarriage was no issue with the Saxons, the whole entity â€œSaxonsâ€ was per difinition â€œinter-â€. Wherever Germanic tribes settled, intermarriage was quite common. Nationalism and racism came up hundreds of years later.
In fact there was at least one exception though, as history clearly showed: The Jewish people were not integrated before the 19th century, but that refers to the Germans (or the Europeans), not the Saxons; and the segregation of the Jewish was rooted in religion, so it is originally a Christian (Catholic church), not a German nor a Saxon issue. (I donâ€™t want to downplay this though, itâ€™s a shame that this ever happened.)
Greetings from a Frisian-Saxon hybrid. :)