Saint George - the protector of the English


Saint George dragon pendant Georg Jenson berganza hatton garden
Saint George and the dragon pendant/charm by Georg Jenson, English, circa 1970.
Ref: 24050

Thursday 19th April 2018

Next Monday, the 23rd of April, is the celebration of Saint George’s Day. As the patron saint of England, he is known for his incredible courage and faith, as well as for fighting for others.

 

Despite being famous around the world, however, not many people know that he was not born in England and never visited England in his life. It is thought that he was born in Cappodocia, which is now part of Turkey, in the 3rd century. Although he has been commonly described as a knight, Saint George was actually a Roman solider who probably was of high rank in the Roman army.

 

The most famous tale about Saint George is from the book The Golden Legend by Jacques de Voragine, in 1483. The story depicts how he fought a dragon in Uffington, Berkshire, with his courage and strength helping him slay the dragon and spread Christianity. Following the success of the book, Saint George quickly became the hero of Europe, especially in England, and as a result, was regarded as the protector of the English.

 

His brave image is commonly seen in medieval paintings, sculptures or other art forms - artists often depicted him wearing a white tunic bedecked with a red cross and riding on a horse, fearlessly fighting a dragon.

 

Although the tale of Saint George killing a dragon is obviously not factual, his kindness gained him a great reputation. As a result, in 1222, the Council of Oxford named the 23rd of April as Saint George’s day. Like Shakespeare’s famous phrase ‘Cry God for Harry, England and St. George!’, let us remember this ancient mythical legend by buying yourself a piece of jewellery which shows Saint George's most famous deed.

 

Art Nouveau pendant E.Vernier berganza hatton garden
Art Nouveau St George pendant by E.Vernier, French, circa 1890.
Ref: 23395
ront Medieval gold fede ring berganza hatton garden
Medieval Iconographic ring with St George, English, circa 15th century.
Ref: 23079
front view Vintage ruby and diamond pin, French, circa 1940.
Vintage ruby and diamond pin, French, circa 1940.
Ref: 20930
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