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St George

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St George

Not much is known about the historical life of the real St George, but England’s patron saint is surrounded by so many richly colourful myths and legends that it barely matters. His saint’s day, April 23rd, the day on which he is thought to have been martyred in AD303, was instituted in the early 13th century, although it wasn’t until the following century that Edward III proclaimed him as the patron saint of England. The legend of his slaying of the dragon has been around in one form or another for about 1500 years, and has come to stand for conspicuous gallantry in the face of mortal danger, symbolised by the George Cross and Medal awards created by George VI. You may be surprised, though, to learn that England does not have a monopoly on George. He is also patron saint of Georgia (of course), Germany, Portugal, Lithuania, various bits of Spain, and of soldiers, archers, farmers, butchers, and those afflicted with the plague. As the guardian spirit of England at war, he is immortalised in the battle-cry of Shakespeare’s Henry V: ‘Cry God for Harry, England and St George!’

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It's England's patron saint

Della Petch

Just seeing the flag fills me with pride. Thank Odin (and the others of course) I am English! Thank you George!

St George's name in Arabic is Mar Girgis which is also said as Mir Girgis which means King George which leads to Girgis Khan, which is king George. Girgis or gengis khan saved the crusaders by attacking the sarassen army. Saint George and all his angels did the same. What better reason for a patron saint than to save an army from destruction. The dragon, of course ,as ever, seems to have been china.
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I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

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