A symbol of the ethnic English?

”The Dragon was the emblem of Wessex, the territory of the West Saxons. It is the banner under which King Alfred the Great defeated the great Viking Army at the Battle of Edington and it was the banner carried by the mighty King Athelstan when he smashed the combined armies of the Scots, Welsh, Norse and Irish at the Battle of Brananburgh in 937. The Dragon was flown by Harold II, when he destroyed the Norse army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066 and it was the banner under which he and his warriors fought to the death, three weeks later protecting their homeland from invasion. The Dragon flag of the English is shown on the battle scene of the tapestry sewn by Englishwomen to commemorate the battle.

Moves are now under way to once again raise the White Dragon flag, not as the flag of England, but as the flag of the ethnic-English community within England. We need to see our banner flown as a signal to everyone else that although we may well have been forgotten about by our beloved leaders we most certainly have not gone away and we are once again finding our voice.

In a world with few certainties this flag tells us who we are and from where we have come. It imparts a sense of permanence and continuity. It is a symbol of our identity, our common history, tradition and of the kinship of all the Anglo-Saxon people. It is also a stark reminder that in multi-cultural England unless we embrace these things then we will surely die.

Look for the sign of the White Dragon and you will find a friend…”

“We are the English” website

The We are the English website sells merchandise with English symbols, and also provides some interesting historical information about the origins and history of the Anglo-Saxons or English. There’s some interesting reading on that web page. As my previous post was about regaining a consciousness of our identity, this webpage seemed appropriate.

The quotes at the top of this post are from We are the English website, which sells merchandise with English symbols, and also provides some interesting historical information about the origins and history of the Anglo-Saxons or English.

My previous post was about regaining a consciousness of our identity, so this webpage seemed appropriate. Where the symbols are concerned, there are questions as to whether the White Dragon is or should be the national symbol, at least for some people. However this blogger states unequivocally that the White dragon flag is the true English flag.

Is the symbol of England the White Dragon ? I have noticed that the White Dragon seems very similar to the dragon symbol used by the Welsh; it’s a little hard to distinguish the two. Despite that I do like the White Dragon flag. The ‘We are the English‘ site also displays the traditional St. George’s flag. I admit I am partial to the latter.

I think it would be great if there were some recognized symbol of the ‘ethnic English community’ worldwide. It might help as a reminder to the world that ‘reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.’

Disclaimer: I am not in any way connected to the websites I link to here; I am not attempting to promote merchandise or commercial transactions. My interest is more in the cultural and historical aspects.

5 thoughts on “A symbol of the ethnic English?

  1. Splendid.

    I’ve been reading about Anglo-Saxon vexilography lately. The White Sleeved Wyvern, as I’ve seen it called, is I think very attractive. I too am partial to the St. George’s Cross.

    The early Sexes (Wessex, Essex, Sussex) all had interesting banners from what I’ve searched.

    I must admit, that while not purely English, I’m partial to the 3 Lions used by Richard and the Edwards, and consequent iterations of said Herald into the United Kingdom Banner.

    I’m currently reading about King Edward, Hammer of the Scots, and how the Edwards gradually developed a reintegration of Saxon attitudes into the ruling body after the French hegemony. Perhaps fitting, given the name comes from Ethelweard, and would have indicated a guardian of Homeland.

    Also, I have named my first son in honour of Edwards 1 & 3.

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  2. Yes, the flags banners, and other insignia are really interesting, and the history.too.
    It’s great that you’re carrying on the naming tradition, too.

    About King Edward, Hammer of the Scots (Longshanks) it bothers me that so many people took the movie ‘Braveheart’ as fact. But I suppose that’s inevitable; movies are not always factual.

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    1. Fair. The film, I thought, was… Lowbrow. Not without charm. But I see a trend in such movies to utterly lambast “the British,” and especially the English.

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    1. Puritan, I don’t know much about the funerary art. It looks like an interesting subject, though. I skimmed the wikipedia page linked there and the carvings on the tombstones raise the question of how they got around the prohibition of the ‘graven images.’ I am curious to know.

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