As it’s #stgeorgesday and the great man was famous for Slaying Dragons 🐉 I thought I would post a couple of Pics of some Dragons I have had the pleasure to meet and I have the great pleasure of being in business with the original and best one @peterjonescbe #dragons#dragonsden
April 23rd marks the anniversary of the death of St George, England's patron saint. St George featured in many tales that were brought to Europe (and Western Christian tradition), possibly by the Cursaders in the 10th-11th centuries. And the most well-known also featured a dragon! 🐉🐲🐉
According to legend, a small town in Libya was plagued by a venomous dragon in a nearby pond who had to be regularly fed to keep it from infecting the town. It began with sacrificing sheep, but when there were no sheep left in the town the King devised a lottery to fairly select the next best thing – local children.
One day his own daughter, the Princess, was chosen and was led to the lake to be sacrificed to the dragon. As luck would have it, St George rode in on his horse at that very moment and he and Princess fought and ensnared the dragon to bring it back to the town. St George offered to kill the dragon if the population swore to convert to Christianity, which they did, and he in turn slayed the dragon, saving the Princess and the town.
As a token of appreciation, the King built a church on the site where the dragon was killed, and it was believed that the water that flowed from the altar cured all disease. 🐲🐉🐲
#Woodcut from our art collection (#wellcomelibrary reference no. 39916i) #stgeorge#stgeorgesday#dragons#dragon#mythology#saints#mythicalbeast#artcollection