argylesock says… I’m English and I’ve always been uncomfortable with the myth of St George killing a dragon. It sounds like propaganda about the English killing the Welsh. But apparently, it’s not so at all. It’s about defeating Saxon invaders… oops, they invaded anyway. We’ve been invaded so many times. Our islands seem to be irresistible – I get that, who’d want to live anywhere but here?
It’s St George’s Day today; here in England, this is the feast day of our Patron Saint. We share him with a number of other countries including Moldova, Palestine and (perhaps unsurprisingly) Georgia, but we are particularly ‘into’ patron saints in the UK; our Union Flag is a mishmash of the flags of Saints George, Andrew and Patrick (St David – the Welsh patron Saint – was left out…nothing personal against David, mind, it was just that at the time the flag was created Wales was still considered part of the ‘Kingdom of England’.)
The other patron saints in the UK and Ireland seem somewhat logical choices: Patrick (Northern Ireland and Ireland, obviously) and David (Wales) were fairly local and significant in the bringing of Christianity to the ‘pagans’ of their respective countries. St Andrew (St Peter’s brother) was in fact Palestinian, but gained particular meaning for the Scots for…
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