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Eh? I thought the Normans were Vikings?
They were indeed.
Normans = Norse men, although by then they'd begun to pick up a bit of French for some reason.

Regardless of that, I'd argue that the Normans were actually nothing like the Frogs. Apart from anything else, the Frogs have never had the ability or the will to invade England. The first sign of opposition and the white flags would be waving!

No, the Normans were good fighting men, just like the Vikings were. Both they and the Vikings succeeded (at different times) to invade and conquer Anglo-Saxon England.
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I'm not sure whether it was JBR who made the original assertion. Perhaps you can discuss Pope with him eh?
Oh dear. It gets worse. My reference to Pope was as an observation to your reference to the Normans as being Vikings. Admittedly the (French) Normans did evolved from invaders from the North and probably included Vikings - but that's a lot different than Normans BEING Vikings.

Pope had written in his poem "A Little Learning" some rather good and certainly appropriate advice.
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I meant that perhaps the antipathy goes back to Hadrian's wall (as you said that both Catholics and protestants feel the same). I have a (lapsed protestant) friend who feels superior to the English because his father is Scottish. Despite the fact that his mum was from Lancs!). There seems to be a certain magic in Scottish genes. Did I mention I have relatives in Scotland?
But that was the Scots vs. the Romans.

By the time the Romans had left, the Anglo-Saxons (or the Angles in the north of England) may well have fought with the Scots, but as far as I'm aware by then the Wall was no doubt decrepit and ineffective.
I'm sure that religion was unlikely to have caused any resentment anyway, as they were all probably pagans.
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But that was the Scots vs. the Romans.

By the time the Romans had left, the Anglo-Saxons (or the Angles in the north of England) may well have fought with the Scots, but as far as I'm aware by then the Wall was no doubt decrepit and ineffective.
I'm sure that religion was unlikely to have caused any resentment anyway, as they were all probably pagans.
Oh my sainted aunt. It gets worse.
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