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St George in English History

by Michael Collins  GB United Kingdom

December 2, 2011   |    1,096 reads    |   0 comments

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St George in English HistorySt George’s Day has become a popular celebration and topic of debate. But who was St George? How did this Palestinian martyr become England’s patron saint and an icon of English culture? How did he get his Dragon? And what is his relevance for today’s secular, multicultural England?

In this richly-illustrated survey, Oxford-trained historian Michael Collins clearly presents what modern research, sometimes surprisingly, has discovered about how the legend of St George the dragon-slayer grew up, the fantastic variety of ways the figure of St George appears in English culture, and what St George has to do with English identity.

With a foreword by Professor Emeritus Dan Brown, this highly-readable, thought-provoking celebration of English culture shows how St George can be reinterpreted for our times while remaining true to our English heritage. English yet international, revered both by Christians and Muslims, St George is a multicultural figure who symbolizes universal values.

Anyone interested in St George will find a wealth of information and stimulating discussion in this book. Journalists, teachers, clergy and tourists will find it useful. Educators and exhibition organizers will find St George in English History a treasue trove. Guides to further reading provide ample resources for further study and enjoyment of English heritage.

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About The Author

MICHAEL COLLINS MA (Oxon) MPhil DipTh CELTA MeRSA is an author,
teacher and lecturer. He read Modern History at Merton College, Oxford, where he went
on to take a research degree. For a number of years Michael Collins taught Western Civilization at Beijing International Studies University and now teaches at King Saud University, Riyadh. He is a regular speaker and reviewer on historical and cultural themes. He has travelled widely and is publishing The American Panorama, a field guide to American culture.

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