Who is St George?

Feast Day 23 April

A soldier and martyr

Most sources agree that George was born in Cappadocia, Turkey.

The Golden Legend gives the story set in Silena, Libya, where a dragon was terrorizing a village and which ate 2 sheep a day. When the sheep were running low, maidens were offered. George heard that a princess was to be sacrificed, he rode to save her, killing the dragon with one blow of his lance. George ascribed his victory to God and made many converts. The king rewarded him generously, which he gave to the poor and then rode away.

He was martyred under the Emperor Diocletian in the c280AD and buried at Lydda in Palestine. He is revered by Moslems as well as Christians.

His cult grew in Europe from the 10th century.

Edward III 1312 -1377 had a great interest in chivalry and military affairs and created the Order of the Garter in 1348. St George fighting the dragon is depicted on the insignia.

St George became patron of England after Henry V’s victory against the French at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.