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Project Aims

Politics may be described as the interaction between the ideal and the practical,
between the grand designs to improve life and the personal, often petty, squabbles
of those trying to enact the grand design. Too often the former is broken by the latter.

We, the people of England, may count ourselves fortunate, because almost 1100
years ago the grand design succeeded despite the squabbles, at least for a while.
The idea of a home for the English-speaking people was turned into reality, and
there was an English leader who was able to defend that fact against yet another
foreign onslaught. In 927AD the unification of England was completed, all the
English people then lived under one king, with one legal system – England was born.

So, the Royal Society of St. George (RSSG), have initiated a project to celebrate the
Birth of England. We believe that everyone in England, and indeed beyond our
country, deserves to hear the story of how England was created. At a time when the
history of England, especially that part of it concerning the British Empire, is under
close scrutiny, we believe that it is vital that England’s early history is discussed and
celebrated.

It appears that not a week goes by when the English people are made to feel
embarrassed about their past. Stories of the capture and transportation of Africans to
the Americas or the oppressive governments of the British colonies are designed,
not to educate, but to make the English feel that they have something to apologise
for. At the extreme end of this propaganda there are those that campaign for
reparations to be paid to the ancestors of those people who suffered from British
oppression; and some even suggest that all white people are racists.

However, there is a completely different side to the story of England and the English
people, that this incessant propaganda is either unaware of or chooses to ignore. So,
our project will try to redress the imbalance by highlighting how England came into
being. We will show how the early English people became little more than chattel for
invaders from Denmark. These Danish invaders, often referred to as Vikings, wanted
to destroy English culture and turn the English into a forgotten people. The English
fortunately found a leader in Alfred, King of Wessex and the fightback began. Yet,
the struggle to create a homeland and a unified kingdom for the English people took
place over many years. Alfred’s son and daughter took-up the struggle after his
death, but it was not until Alfred’s oldest grandson – Athelstan, came to the throne,
that the struggle to unify the English people was successful.

So, it may seem an obvious thing to say, but England was created by the English
people. In fact, the name of the people – English came before the name of their
country – England. A name for our country was first recorded in 10th century, and
then it was known as ‘Englaland’ – the land of the Angles or English. Whereas the
first recorded use of the term English (in Latin it is Angolorum), was 3 centuries
earlier. So, when someone asks you the question – which came first the people or
the country, it was definitely the English people.

Our English ancestors wanted to have a secure homeland for all those people who
spoke their language – English. This is why our ancestors fought so hard to create a
unified kingdom and a country. At the time, over 1100 years ago, the English
language was different to the English we speak today (it is known as Old English)
but many of the words we use today would be recognisable in Old English.

The Royal Society of St. George is proud to have initiated this campaign, and we
hope that everyone living in England will join us in celebrating England’s 1100th
Anniversary in 2027. Regardless of whether you identify yourself as English, if you
live in England you benefit from the struggles of our early English ancestors. It is
they who created the place we call England, and it is to them that we give thanks for
creating a country that gives us the freedom to discuss and celebrate our history.