Collier’s New Encyclopedia – Saint George

statue of Saint George and the Dragon; date and artist unknown; Church of Saint Francis Xavier, Convent of the Precious Blood, Caceres, Spain; photographed on 30 December 2012 by Pedro M Martínez Corada; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Saint George, the especial patron of chivalry, and tutelary saint of England. Though venerated both in the Eastern and Western Churches, his history is extremely obscure. The story in the “Acta Sanctorum” (“Deeds of the Saints”) is that he was born of noble Christian parents in Cappadocia, became a distinguished soldier, and, after testifying to his faith before Diocletian, was tortured and put to death at Nicomedia, 23 April 303.


  • Collier’s New Encyclopedia, 1921