April 23rd is St. George’s Day, a celebration of England’s patron saint. He inspired Shakespeare’s Henry V, his standard became the English flag, and the story of his battle with a dragon is, literally, iconic.
But who was St. George and how much do we actually know about him?
According to the influential medieval author Jacob de Voraigne’s The Golden Legend (1275), George was a soldier, born in Cappadocia (central Turkey) in the mid-3rd Century AD and martyred in the early 4th Century in Diospolis, Palestine.
I’m still reading through her book – which I strongly encourage you to get.