Norman and Saxon two-sided teapot modeled by Anthony Cartlidge and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 2003 limited edition of 1,500. The Normans were a people who colonized Normandy, conquered England and for centuries played a major political, military and cultural role in the northern and Mediterranean parts of medieval Europe. Their most famous achievement was the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, thereafter forcing most Anglo-Saxons to become serfs. The Norman people adopted Christianity and created a new cultural identity separate from that of their Scandinavian forebears and French neighbors. The Saxons are part of the German people whose main areas of settlements were in the German States and the northeastern part of the Netherlands. During the fifth century AD, the Saxons were part of the people invading the Romano-British province of Britannia, thus forming the Anglo-Saxons. The Saxons were considered by Charlemagne to be especially war-like and ferocious. Although overcome by the Norman Conquest, they eventually blended together with the Normans and became a united people. A rampant lion forms the handle of the teapot while a castle towers form the spout.