Happy St. George’s Day

In honor of this auspicious day, a gallery of images of St. George from my collection. Apologies for the poor quality of some of them.

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A statue of St. George by Alexander Scott Carter, in St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, Huron St., Toronto (photo by my friend Bruce Patterson).

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From my graduate school colleague, Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Mead of the Australian army.

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Family friend Laine Rosin took this photo on a trip to Ethiopia.

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Allen and Unwin printer’s mark.

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This is from the spine of a volume in the great Victoria County History series.

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My five-year-old found this Russian fifty kopek coin last summer. “Look daddy,” she said. “St. George!” That’s my girl!

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Bruce Patterson took this photo in a Catholic church in London.

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My colleague Pam Wilson took this photo in Barcelona.

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This sculpture of St. George is carved on the facade of the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. I took this photo in 2006.

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A war memorial in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, taken by Dr. Anne Good.

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I acquired this label on an airplane once. I like it especially because dragons are associated with water. 

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If there is Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey, then why shouldn’t there be English whisky too? And what better a character to represent it than St. George?

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One of my favorite representations of St. George comes from shortly after the Russian Revolution, when Christian saints had not been entirely eradicated, but could be repurposed for Communist ends. Here St. Trotsky kills the Counter-Revolutionary dragon, complete with top hat. From Wikipedia.

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From my friend Chris Berard, via Facebook. Happy St. George’s Day!

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December 16 marks what was once known in South Africa as the Day of the Vow, commemorating the Battle of Blood River in 1838, when a group of Afrikaans-speaking Voortrekkers under Andreas Pretorius and Sarel Cilliers defeated a Zulu army under Dingane, thereby opening up the interior to Afrikaner settlement. The story goes that Pretorius and Cilliers led their people in making a public vow to God that if he would grant them victory, they would consecrate and forever honor the day. December 16 thereafter became a powerful symbol of Afrikaner nationalism. One can visit the Church of the Vow in Pietermaritzburg, a reconstructed laager at the Blood River site, and most impressive of all the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, where on December 16 at noon a shaft of light beams down onto the cenotaph, on which is inscribed “Ons vir jou Suid-Afrika” (“We for you, South Africa,” the final line of the first stanza of “Die Stem“).

Via Wikipedia.

Needless to say all this has been rather dodgy since 1994, but the ANC does not appear willing to knock down the Voortrekker Monument any time soon. The Blood River site now features a number of exhibits from the Zulu perspective. The Day of the Vow is now the Day of Reconciliation.