The Anglo Saxon Chronicle for 1067 begins:
This year came the King back again to England on St Nicholas’s day;
and the same day was burned the Church of Christ at Canterbury.
Bishop Wulfwy also died, and is buried at his see in Dorchester.
The child Edric and the Britons were unsettled this year,
and fought with the castlemen at Hereford, and did them much harm.
The King was, of course, William the Conqueror. The castlemen were the Normans. Edric the Child, or Eadric the Wild, was one of the many members of the old English ruling class who took to the woods and marshes in rebellion against the Norman conquest.
After Hereford he burned the town of Shrewsbury and besieged Shrewsbury Castle.
Susan Reynolds, via Wikipedia:
Few outlaws… have apparently left so powerful a legend as Robin Hood… The most famous outlaws of the greenwood before him were probably the Old English nobility on their way down and out.
The hated Normans building castles everywhere, laying waste the homes of the Romano- British remnants and the “Welsh”. Displacing the Anglo-Saxon overlords, overturning a 500 year old order.
The English nobility fought back until 1070, and probably simmered with resentment toward the snooty Normans for generations after. The Normans were unlike previous invasions in that they did not intermix with the conquered. They retained their French dialect and England now had three languages: English, Roman and Norman French, of which English was the lowliest.
What ensued was a two hundred year occupation, repression, famine, and the seeds of the modern class system, and ultimately the re-emergence of an English speaking people who exploded into a global super power that continues to this day.
I point to this rebellion as the beginning of everything that we think of as Western Civilisation, for the version of Western Civilisation we take for granted is the English speaking one.
English is not a race. This is where the racial parts of the alternative right go hopelessly, stupidly wrong in subscribing to a “white” or a “European” Western civilisation. They are ahistoric, stupid bums. The race or colour is irrelevant. We are all mutts:
The language itself contains within it the memory of 1066 and the lessons thereof, and is the progenitor of all worthwhile you see in our civilisation: Liberty. A drive to explore new frontiers. An anti- authoritarian streak. A desire for property and property rights. Freedom of worship.
It is no accident that the coalitions that fought National Socialism, Japanese militarism and communism were centred around the English speaking world.
This is why progressives are now at war with the free expression of the English language: Their human rights courts and their college campus thought police are opposed to something fundamental about all of us.
We have nothing to fear from immigration, because English is not a race, and the English speaking people can absorb anyone. But we should fear the abolition of borders: For we number a few hundred million in a world of billions who do not share our love of freedom or our language of rebellion.