The epic tale of St. George and the dragon is shrouded in much mystery, but at its core it is a tale of incredible bravery and honour. The story begins with a prosperous kingdom, a king and his lovely daughter, and a tyrannical dragon that terrorizes the land unless he is appeased by a sacrificial maiden. In the name of fairness, the king devised a lottery system where the names of all eligible girls are added; It was a terrible day when the king drew his own daughter's name to be sacrificed, the pure of heart Princess Sabra, but she faced her fate stoically. Along came the sainted knight George, and upon viewing the doomed maiden tied to a tree, took it upon himself to challenge and ultimately slay the dragon, thereby freeing the land from its thrall and restoring peace to the kingdom.
The Legend begins with a kingdom tormented by a fierce monster who nests at the land's spring. In exchange for water and peace, the beast was fed virginal maidens, chosen by drawing lots.
The heart-stoppingly beautiful daughter of the king, whose misfortune it was to have her name drawn as the next sacrificial victim of the dragon.
As the princess was led to her doom by a procession of damsels, she was clothed in regal nuptial attire, adorned with a sumptious diaphanous veil.
Upon being tied to a tree, there to await her fate, the princess shed glistening tears of everlasting sorrow.
The knightly saint who perchanced upon this lamentable scene, freed the princess, slew the mighty dragon and restored peace throughout the kingdom, thereby winning the hand of Princess Sabra in holy matrimony.
The forged lance wielded by the courageous St. George, in slaying the ferocious monster. Many centuries later, it was also the name chosen by Sir Winston Churchill for his Avro York, a World War II fighter plane.
Known as England's highest order of chivalry and knighthood, The Order was founded on April 23rd, 1344 by King Edward III, with present day new members continuing to be ordained on April 23rd. Named for the garters that St. George tied around his men's legs during the crusades, their motto is "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense" which translates to "Shame Upon Him Who Thinks Evil Upon It".
Text kindly provided by Eugenia Ragas