...the Saxon Chiefs from whom we claim the honour of being descended and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed"
In 1776 Thomas Jefferson, one of the revered Founding Fathers of America, proposed that Hengest and Horsa be included on the Great Seal of America because of the values of freedom and liberty that he believed that they represented. He said of them “..the Saxon Chiefs from whom we claim the honour of being descended and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed”
The design was eventually sidelined but for this t-shirt we've revisited the idea and come up with our own Anglo-Saxon version of the Great Seal - the Great Seal as it would possibly have been if Jefferson had got his way....(read more below)
- The design shows the Warrior brothers Hengest and Horsa along with the date of the Declaration of Independence in roman numerals, as it appears on the modern version of the seal
- The wording reads "From whom we claim the honour of being descended and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed"
- Printed, bagged and finished in Nottingham, England.
- Senlak White Dragon Rebel English woven patch on bottom hem
- Heather navy version - also available in dark heather grey
- 100% cotton premium quality T-shirt.
- Senlak - Rebel English Apparel
- Weight: 203gsm.
- Size (to fit) - Small: 34/36", Medium: 38/40", Large: 42/44", XLarge: 46/48", XXLarge: 50/52"
But why would he wish these Anglo-Saxon chieftains, the founding fathers of England included on the Seal of America? Why did it mean so much to him and what has all this got to do with the English?
Well for starters, many of the "Americans" were Englishmen. From the earliest days of colonisation America had filled with Englishmen who had travelled to the New World seeking greater freedoms and a new life (even now 8 out of the 10 most popular surnames in America are of English origin). Eventually there old life caught up with them and the British state tried to tax them without giving them any political representation. These Rebel Englishmen didn't take kindly to this and so began the American War of Independence. Eventually the British Army which contained large elements of Scottish and German troops was defeated and the Founding Fathers - the vast majority of whom were English - declared independence.......read on.
One of the factors that have marked England out from the very earliest times has been the libertarian instinct of her people, an inheritance of our sea-faring ancestors, who brought with them a confident, stoic and positive outlook on life. Our long history of radical thought and action can be traced directly back to those first boatloads of warriors who splashed up our beeches over 1500 years ago. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle tells us that the first of these Englishmen were the Warrior Chiefs Hengest and Horsa
The idea of an early Anglo-Saxon democracy is at the core of the English radical tradition and it was an outlook that many paid a heavy price for, but it was also the inspiration behind such things as, the English Revolt (peasants' Revolt), the Bill of Rights, Magna Carta, the Levellers, Diggers, Parliamentarians, 19th century trade union movement and the Chartists - all spoke of our Anglo-Saxon freedoms.
It also inspired those who wrote the American constitution, one of the greatest documents ever written. And so it was in 1776 that Thomas Jefferson, one of the revered Founding Fathers of America, proposed that Hengest and Horsa be included on the Great Seal of America because of the values of freedom and liberty that he believed that they represented. He said of them “..the Saxon Chiefs from whom we claim the honour of being descended and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed” For Hengest and Horsa, the warrior brothers who laid the very foundation stones of the modern English nation, there can be no greater tribute than this.
It's an "England" clothing range that's just a little bit different. The Senlak White Dragon logo is inspired by the White Dragon of the Anglo-Saxons. The dragon banner was the original flag of the English and predates the Cross of St George by many hundreds of years - it is the ancient emblem of the English and is a strong statement of our unique culture and heritage.
The English have a rich history of radical thought and action. We don't like others imposing their views on us and we don't like being told what to do. So for all those non-conformers, the free thinkers and the rebellious. For those that don't always believe everything that the "clever people" tell us and for all those generations scattered around the globe who still remember who we are and all we have achieved - We embrace you all.
Two fingers to "their" status quo and long live the Rebel English.
"Only dead fish swim with the tide"