St George in English History - why bother today?
Why is it worth reading and thinking about St George in English history? What have the ancient legends and medieval stories about this Palestinian martyr to say to secular scientific multicultural England? How can the tradition of England’s patron saint be retold for our time? Could the figure of St George become a point of reconciliation between Christians and Muslims?
George has become a topic of debate as more and more people wave his flag to proclaim their allegiance and identity. But who was St George? How did this Palestinian martyr become England’s patron saint and an icon of English culture? And what is his relevance for today’s secular, multicultural England?
Discover what modern research reveals about how the legend of St George the dragon-slayer grew up, the origin of the cross of St George, the fantastic variety of ways the figure of St George appears in English culture, and what St George has to do with English identity. Discover the roles of Richard I, Edward III and Henry VIII in making St George the patron saint of England.
The story of St George in English history is interesting to anyone wondering how the English came to be who they are as a nation and where they might be going next. The many changes in how people have seen St George remind us that we too may be called to share the spirit of St George by witnessing to our time.
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. English yet international, revered both by Christians and Muslims, St George is a multicultural figure who symbolizes universal values.