But, in reality, it is thought that St. George came from Cappadocia in Asia Minor, lived at the time of the Roman Emperor, Diocletian, AD 245 to 313 and never actually graced Isle England. He became a high ranking cavalry officer in the Army of Rome but refused to carry out Diocletian's orders for Christian persecution and, in consequence, suffered torture and met death himself. He was canonized in AD 494, Pope Gelasius proclaiming him one of those "whose names are justly revered among men but whose acts are known only to God".
The legend of St. George, which is an allegory illustrating the triumph of good over evil, tells how he emerged victorious over persecution to the utter dismay of his oppressor.
A cult figure in both the Middle East and England, many wonderful tales of his deeds (including the famous dragon slaying incident) remain part of our lore. George is said to have undergone seven years of daily torture, but emerged unscathed. To be patron saint of the faithful.
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