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Waterloo - Ni Dieu Ni Maitre, Mk. II


The famous image of Napoleon, our nation's great opponent, is emblazoned with the anarchist cry, "Ni Dieu, Ni Maitre!" (neither God nor master).

The slogan was attributed to Boney, specifying from whom he would take no orders, but, alas, there is no reliable evidence for this i.e. nobody present posted a video clip to Instagram therefore it did not happen.

It was, however, absolutely definitely used by anarchist poet / singer-songwriter Léo Ferré. He released his record, "Ni Dieu ni Maître" in 1965. The song, a cheerful ditty about about the French death penalty, ends with these verses:
"This slogan that breaks all the rules / Made for the benefit of fools / Rejecting all authority / Unless respecting liberty / This principle of human rights / I recommend it for your fights / We shall proclaim it to the last / No God no master!"

The phrase also appears not once but twice in Friedrich Nietzsche's 1886 work "Beyond Good and Evil".

But back to Boney. Napoleon formed a great bond with his Irish doctor whilst imprisoned on St Helena. The respect was mutual and when the doctor requested that the British Government take better, rank appropriate, care of the fallen Emperor, he was rewarded by his British bosses with the sack. He took his redundancy to a house on the Kennington Road where he had time to write his memoirs. Meanwhile, back on the blasted rock, Napoleon requested that the good doctor's replacement be another Irishman, hoping that kindness was a national trait.

Silk screen printed by our own fair hands on white cotton.

Masterchef Michel Roux jr galloped over to get his before cooking dinner for the Duke of Wellington to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Waterloo!

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