St Edmund - Patron Saint of England
November 20th is Saint Edmund's Day, the true patron Saint of England. It is time to set
the records straight, the Norman propagandists and their supporters have held sway for too long.
When the Northmen from Normandy arrived in England towards the end of the 11th Century, they set about some cultural cleansing. They didn't call it that in those days, they did not
call it anything, but they clearly understood the purpose of their actions.
The Norman intention was to remove obvious signs of Angle, Jutish and Saxon cultural emblems and symbols and replace them with something alien, different and more akin to whatever cultural pretentions the Normans had. Their first attempts were directed against English customs and language.
Over the course of the next two centuries, the primacy of Saint Edmund the Martyr as the
true patron Saint of the English and therefore England, was diminished in favour of the
mythical image of a Middle Eastern St. George originating in the Papal/Norman Crusades.
Although the Angles, Jutes and Saxons had other symbols of their origins such as the Raven, Boar, Wolf etc. their enduring and unifying emblem was the White Dragon - itself copied from the legions of Imperial Rome.
As part of the power greedy Norman/Papal influence of the time and inspired by the
religious fervour of the Crusades, the White Dragon Flag of the English was gradually
replaced by the Red Cross (so called St. George's Cross).
The poetically beautiful personal names of the Angles, Jutes and Saxons, such as; Waltheof, Aelfred, Aelgifu, Aedward and many others, were lost to the more mundane names of Biblical origin with a few of Norman provenance thrown into the mix. Fortunately,
since Victorian times we have enjoyed something of a revival in the use of many of our
traditional English names.
Tinkered with it might be, but our wonderfully expressive English language survived intact. Our foreign rulers of the 12th and 13th Centuries; tyrants all, had to bow to the will of the English in that respect. So it was and so it would be for the future.
Let all the English everywhere remember; your Patron Saint is St. Edmund the Martyr; honour him on the 20th November. Your flag is not the Red Cross but the White Dragon, well known to Alfred the Great, Knut the Great and King Harold 2nd.