St. George Paperback

by Samantha Riches;

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St. George

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Who was St George and how did he become patron saint not only of England but in many European countries? In this richly illustrated book, Samantha Riches explores the extraordinary wealth of myths and legends, art and inspiration that has grown up around this obscure fourth-century Christian martyr. The art of medieval and renaissance Europe bear eloquent testimony to the power of St George to inspire chivalry as a warrior-saint who could bear comparison with St Michael. All of this inspiration is captured by Samantha Riches, who has a unique wealth of knowledge of this fascinating legend. Beside his English role, George had a widespread following in medieval Europe and in Russia, where 'St George for Russia' was the battle-cry of the Czars. In his role as Christian hero and martyr, George was a symbol of chastity and fertility and his cult stressed the chivalric ideal. Using historical, art-historical and literary evidence Samantha Riches creates a vivid and compelling narrative, paying full attention to the image of St George and the dragon and its development as the most significant aspect of the legend and cult of St George.The complex medieval psychology revealed by a full study of the dragon motif reveals some astonishing results, including the presence of several female dragons. The book ends with a study of the post-medieval representation of St George and a reappraisal of the use of his image in patriotic and jingoistic contexts.

St. George by Samantha Riches was published by The History Press Ltd in June 1997 and is our 61548th best seller. The ISBN for St. George is 9780750937672.

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Details for St. George

Page last updated 17th March 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe History Press Ltd (June 1997)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages128
Thickness10 mm
Height263 mm
Width194 mm
Product Code1009289
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