Item description for St. George: Knight, Martyr, Patron Saint and Dragonslayer (Pocket Essential series) by Giles Morgan...
Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. At the heart of the myths and legends surrounding the English icon lies the story of an early Christian martyr persecuted by the Roman Empire. But England is only one country to have adopted this soldier saint as their patron; the cult of St. George is astonishingly widespread. His heroic struggle against the dragon can be seen as the bravery of an individual Christian or as the eternal battle between good and evil. Yet closer examination shows clear parallels between his battle and that of earlier pre-Christian heroes, such as Perseus and Beowulf. St. George is also identified with the Islamic hero Al Khidr and has been closely linked with the Green Man of pre-Christian myth. Here, Giles Morgan looks at the many aspects of St. George as multi-cultural icon and hero.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher Pocket Essentials
ISBN 1904048579 ISBN13 9781904048572
Reviews - What do customers think about St. George: Knight, Martyr, Patron Saint and Dragonslayer (Pocket Essential series)?
One area of focus on St. George Jun 15, 2008
This was a good overview of the more conservative Christian/Catholic understanding of St. George, but didn't delve into as much other attributes or associations such as with the Santeria beliefs, or Islamic beliefs related to St. George. Too historical of a base, less interesting overall.
Facts and Myths May 17, 2008
While this is not a biography in the truest sense, Giles Morgan sets about the task of telling the story of an influential figure in Christianity. Though the existance of St. George is not doubted, the facts about his life are often intertwined with fables that make his story less believable. Morgan attempts to set the record straight.
The earliest account of St. George originates in the 3rd or 4th century. It tells of a Roman soldier who is put to death after refusing to denounce Christianity in favor a pagan worship. Yet even as he is martyred, he is returned to life and converts others. Eventually, the Romans are successful in ending George's life. A book completed about 1266 by Dominican Prior Jacobus de Voragine called "The Golden Legend" was a collection of stories of the lives of popular saints. It was a hugely popular work in the middle ages. It was also the first documented account of St. George versus the dragon. While Voragine did not originate the story, the myth spread rapidly through his publication. The concept of the dragon has been rooted in a wide array of symbolism throughout history.
The remaining 2/3 of the book describes the cult like following that St. George attains throughout history. Typically associated with soldiers, his name is envoked as the patron of many countries. He is even associated with an appearance on the battlefield in World War I. Yet as religious ties have faded in Europe, so has the attachment to the true sense of St. George. Currently, his image is relegated to more nationalistic groups.
Though I was somewhat disappointed with the focus of this book, it was still an informative read. I genuinely feel that I know more about St. George having read this book.