St George is one of the most recognisable symbols of England. Here are 10 interesting facts which may surprise you:
- Saint George isn’t English – Although his birth date isn’t clear he was actually born in Cappadocia, part of modern day Turkey.
- In 1194 King Richard I introduced England’s flag of St George, a red Cross on a white background.
- St George’s day was first named in 1222 and became a National Feast Day in 1415.
- St George’s day is celebrated on the 23 April each year.
- In 1483 George’s story was published in a book,” The Golden Legend”. It is thought the story proved popular because it resembled old Anglo-Saxon tales.
- The legend of Saint George was created by Crusaders and westernised over time.
- He wasn’t the first patron saint of England, King Edward the Confessor, who ruled 1042 – 1066 was the first patron.
- It is a tradition to wear a red rose in your lapel.
- William Shakespeare was born and died on Saint Georges Day.
- St George’s day is known and even prayed for by Muslims in the Middle East. His Shrine at Beit Jala receives visits from both Christian and Muslim Pilgrims.
Have we missed any interesting facts about St. George? Let is know in the comments section below!