St George ‘cradling’ or ‘choking’ a baby dragon?
(Nuremberg Chronicle 1493)
… Like Michael, the St George we know today is something of a construct.
Historically, George appears to have been a third century greek conscript in the Roman army,
who, having converted to Christianity, was martyred, that is, put to death for his religious beliefs.
His execution, by decapitation, reputedly took place outside Nicodemia’s city wall
sometime between 290 and 305 AD, on the 23rd day of April,
which subsequently became his Christian Feast Day.
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