This design shows a stylised depiction of an Anglo-Saxon Huscarl – the feared frontline warriors of the early English army. These were the men who fought to the death on Senlac ridge and at the battle of Maldon defending their homeland, and who took an oath to defend their King and Lord until the bitter end. Honour and loyalty was everything to these men and if death in battle meant upholding these principles then so be it. They were described as the toughest fighting men in Europe and were greatly feared, even by the hardened Viking warriors who they often opposed.
The design includes aspects of English culture both old and new with the modern day St George Cross emblazoned across the warriors shield while on either side is the much earlier White Dragon of the English. The White Dragon is a symbol of our ancient roots and a strong statement of our unique English culture and identity. Read more here. A small St George Cross is also printed on the left arm.
"Some people reckoned up all King Harald's (King of Norway) great achievements, and said that nothing would be too difficult for him. But there were others who said that England would be very hard to conquer. It was very populous and the warriors who were known as the king's Huscarles were so valiant, that any one of them was worth two of the best in King Harald's army".
Snorri Sturluson (1178-1241) – Medieval Icelandic Writer
(Referring to King Harold of Norway's forthcoming invasion of England - His Viking army was destroyed by Harold Godwinsson, King of England, at Stamford Bridge)
- Stylised depiction of an Anglo-Saxon Huscarl
- St George Cross emblazoned across a warriors shield
- Also features White Dragon of the English
- Material: 100% cotton
- Sizes: Small: 34/36", Medium: 38/40", Large: 42/44", XLarge: 46/48", XXLarge: 50/52", XXXLarge: 54/56"