Background[edit | edit source]
The story of Saint George and the Dragon was first included in Jacobus de Voragine's collection of Saints' lives written about 1275. The story is a classic on: a dragon threatens a village and demands regular sacrifices of virgins as a pay-off for leaving the villagers otherwise unmolested. St. George, a young hero, slays the dragon and salves the life of a princess.
The story is an allegory of good triumphing over evil. Christian history states that St. George in reality was a protester against an anti-Christian edict and was beheaded (and thus martyred) in 303 AD. He became patron saint of England. due to the strength of the dragon story. His emblem is a red cross on a white background, later adopted by the Knights Templar.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
The Rittersberg chapel has a big stained glass window featuring St. George fighting the dragon however this depiction resembles a contemporary modern fantasy image of a knight fighting a fire-breathing dragon. In religious iconography however, St. George is depicted usually mounted on a horse, impaling a diminutive reptilian beast (sometimes interpreted as a crocodile) with a spear.
See also[edit | edit source]
- St. George in Conquests of Camelot