St George and the Dragon (6/6)

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The namesake of England’s own flag, the legend of St George and the Dragon tells of a legendary knight and Christian saint who came across a village terrorised by a dragon that demanded regular human sacrifices. In order to free the village from his tyranny, George ventured to the dragon’s lair and famously tamed and slayed the dragon. For his monotheistic Christian beliefs, George was later martyred, being executed by decapitation as many Christians were before the Empire adopted the faith. While some parts of his legend are certainly mythical, it is generally believed that there really was a Roman soldier named George (Georgios) who was executed for his Christian beliefs, and he is venerated in the Christian church for his deeds to this day.

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