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St George and the Dragons

The Making of English Identity

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St George and the Dragons by Michael Collins
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St George's Day has become a topic of debate as more and more organizations promote celebrations on 23 April and more people wave the flag of St George to proclaim their allegiance and identity. But who was St George? How did this Near Eastern martyr become England's patron saint and an icon of English culture? And what is his relevance for today's secular, multicultural England? New research reveals that from the third century St George was revered as a healer, protector of women and the poor and patron of agriculture and metal-working more than a military dragon-slayer. Discover the origin of the cross of St George and the roles of Richard I, Edward III and Henry VIII in making St George the patron saint of England. With a foreword by Professor Emeritus Dan Brown, this richly-illustrated celebration of English culture shows how St George can be reinterpreted for our times while remaining true to our English heritage. St George can be enlisted in the cause of ecology, the campaign against FGM, and the fight to end modern slavery and resettle refugees. English yet international, revered both by Christians and Muslims, St George is a multicultural figure who symbolizes universal values.

Author Biography

MICHAEL COLLINS MA (Oxon) MPhil is an author, speaker and lecturer. He read Modern History at Merton College, Oxford, where he went on to take a research degree. His thesis was on the career as an Anglican of Thomas Brett the Nonjuror (1667-1743). For a number of years Michael Collins taught Western Civilization at Beijing International Studies University. He is a regular speaker and reviewer on historical and cultural themes. He has travelled widely and has published `The American Panorama, a field guide to American culture'. Information about the author and his publications can be found at http://collinsm.com.
Release date NZ
November 23rd, 2017
Pages
288
Illustrations
32 black and white illustrations
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Fonthill Media
Dimensions
156x234x27
ISBN-13
9781781556498
Product ID
26882100

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