St George and the Dragons -

St George and the Dragons

The Making of English Identity



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St George's Day has become a topic of debate as more and more organizations promote celebrations on 23 April and more people wave the flag of St George to proclaim their allegiance and identity. But who was St George? How did this Near Eastern martyr become England's patron saint and an icon of English culture? And what is his relevance for today's secular, multicultural England? New research reveals that from the third century St George was revered as a healer, protector of women and the poor and patron of agriculture and metal-working more than a military dragon-slayer. Discover the origin of the cross of St George and the roles of Richard I, Edward III and Henry VIII in making St George the patron saint of England. With a foreword by Professor Emeritus Dan Brown, this richly-illustrated celebration of English culture shows how St George can be reinterpreted for our times while remaining true to our English heritage. St George can be enlisted in the cause of ecology, the campaign against FGM, and the fight to end modern slavery and resettle refugees. English yet international, revered both by Christians and Muslims, St George is a multicultural figure who symbolizes universal values.

Product code: 9781781556498

ISBN 9781781556498
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156xS27
No. Of Pages 288
Publisher Fonthill Media
In his many-sided tradition St George, the patron saint of England, has been seen over the centuries as a healer and champion of Christian orthodoxy; as a military martyr and symbol of chivalry; and as a symbol of military virtues and English identity. Today, as that identity changes, he is an inclusive multicultural symbol of unity and justice.