How likely were you to meet a minority in Europe in the Middle Ages?

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Say the year is 1000, how likely were you to meet someone who really looks non-native European in Silesia, Bohemia, or the Rhineland?
 
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I don't know about those places, but in eastern europe (e.g. the territories which are now Ukraine and European Russia) you could find Central Asians like the Cumans, Pechenegs, and Kipchaks. From what I've heard about these guys they had a bit of a mixed phenotype, some looked more European, others more Central Asian. Also, in the Kanin Peninsula you could find Nenets, who are of North Asian phenotype.
 
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Chlodio

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Jewish merchants would look like Europeans.
Even after 900 more years of occasional intermarriage between Jews and Christians it was still possible to identify a Jew by looks alone. Just ask any Nazi, or anyone who agreed with them on this question. Nazi propaganda is full of claims that "Jews look funny/odd/different" or "You can tell he's Jewish just by looking at him." These claims fell on receptive ears. I doubt the Nazis would have made these claims if there was no credibility to the statement that Jews did look different than non-Jews. If this claim wasn't credible, there were so many other claims the Nazis could have made instead.

Even if there were no outward biological differences, there could be cultural differences - choices in fashion, hair style, name choices, etc.
 
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Tulun

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In the Rhineland the odds were 0%. Maybe some Jewish merchants, but that is it.
Give at least a 0,5% chance, the Hungarian raids were just a few generations away in the year 1000, maybe they also left around some of their seed among the local women that could still be visible back then :))
 
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Naomasa298

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Depends where you lived. In southern Spain in the year 1000? Very likely.

In Constantinople? Pretty likely, I would have thought.
 
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tomar

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Say the year is 1000, how likely were you to meet someone who really looks non-native European in Silesia, Bohemia, or the Rhineland?

According to the BBC as well as this movie (the gentleman on the right is Little John in case your wondered), they were numerous, perhaps even a majority all over Europe

 

Naomasa298

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According to the BBC as well as this movie (the gentleman on the right is Little John in case your wondered), they were numerous, perhaps even a majority all over Europe
Don't be ridiculous. First of all, that has nothing to do with the thread, and secondly, that casting reflects modern Britain, not medieval Britain.

f you want to push that agenda, do it elsewhere. This is your warning,.
 
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At Each Kilometer

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Oh, this is the new Robin Hood movie. When i saw the poster i thought that Jamie Fox' character is a Berber, a Muslim from the Holy land, a friend of Robin that traveled with him across the continent to the Locksley Castle, similar to the story line of The Prince of Thieves 1991 movie, but when i checked.. Little John?! This should be interesting. EDIT: Got it. This is basically the movie with Morgan Freeman and Kevin Costner from nearly 30 years ago reincarnated.
 
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