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St George: The Evolution of a Saint and his Dragon

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St. George then looking around about The fiery dragon soon espy'd, And like a knight of courage stout, Against him did most fiercely ride... And thus within the lady's view This mighty dragon straight he slew. An article by P.J. Hogarth. 

The conventional image of St. George is familiar to us all; the knight thrusting his lance down the gullet of a ferocious monster, or slashing at it with his sword, while the princess looks on with an expression of becoming piety. St. George and his dragon are as firmly fixed in art as in the popular imagination. What was the origin of this legend? Who was St. George, and what was the dragon?

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