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St. Georges Day And Why Its Great To Be English

Updated on August 12, 2013
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St. Georges Day

The 23rd of April is St. Georges day. St. George is the Patron Saint of England. But he also belongs to Canada, Portugal and many other Countries too. His emblem is a Red Cross on a white background, which is the Flag of England.

St. George was actually brought over to England in the 12th Century by Richard the Lion Heart. The King of legend. And at that time, all the Kings men wore the Red Cross to avoid confusion on the battlefield.

St. George Facts

He was actually born in Turkey in the 3rd Century and was brought up as a Christian. As an adult he became a Roman soldier, but unlike the other soldiers, he detested violence and protested against Rome and its persecution of the Christians. George was imprisoned for his treachery and eventually executed at Lydda in Palestine.

Patron Saint

St. George is not only the Patron Saint of England, he is also the Patron Saint of Georgia, Greece, Ethiopia, Palestine, Portugal, Russia, and Canada. In fact he wasn't the original Patron Saint of England. That accolade went to St. Edmund The Martyr. The Council of Oxford decided that we needed a change. And in 1222, they gave St. George his own celebration day, and nearly a hundred years later they removed St. Edmund, and St. George the Patron Saint of England was born.


St. George is also known as the protector in many different walks of life. Archers, scouts, soldiers and cavalry are just a few. These also include farmers, and other outdoor workers, certain sports such as horse riding, and many others.

Certain illness's are said to improve if you pray to St. George. Hopefully not many people suffer from these diseases today, but if you do then just remember St. George is keeping an eye on you.

So anybody suffering from syphilis, leprosy and plague should always wear a cross of St. George.

St. George and the Dragon

There have been many stories portraying St. George fighting a Dragon over the Centuries. From saving maidens in evil Castles, to slaying the Dragon in its cave. But many people now believe it really was the story of how one man stood up to the might of Rome. At that time, George was only one of a few Christians in a Pagan Country.

This was a time of distrust, hate of the new Religion, and constant fighting of the Pagans to keep their Country and way of life safe from this new intrusion. George stood up for his beliefs, and was slain for his trouble. But his legend lives on, and ironically, the Romans who did everything they could to keep out the new religion, are now the leaders of the Catholic Church and the Holy Roman See.

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Proud To Be English!

So, what so great about England? Well, the answer to that is, everything! We have the most amazing History for starters. Where else in the World would you get King Arthur and the Round Table. Robin Hood, and Richard the Lion Heart. And the mightiest one of them all, Boudicca, our greatest Celtic Queen who lived in the East of England and kicked the Romans butt!

And of course we have some of the most amazing buildings in the World too. St. Pauls Cathedral, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and Oxford with all its ancient buildings. I could go on, but I would be here all day.

We have also invented millions of items, from the Locomotive, to the World Wide Web. The World calls us, Poms, Limeys, (from the fact that the English discovered Vitamin C in Limes, therefore saving thousands of lives through scurvy on ships) Tommies, (world war I) and of course Brits.

And what about the English? We are the kindest most diverse population in the World. Whether you originate from England, India, Indonesia, Africa or anywhere else, we all get along nicely. Of course there will always be someone out there that will try to stir up a little racial tension, but 99 percent of us get on. There are more mixed race marriages in England than anywhere else in the World.

The best thing about being English, is that we look to the future and not the past. We don't hold grudges against any other Country because of what happened in history. We also don't like being called British, it drives us mad! lol! We are English.

So, from this English through and through woman (apart from a slight indiscretion on my grandma's side, Canadian!) to all of you, I hope you have a fantastic



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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      19 months ago from England

      lol! Mary, well we do look to the future in other things, just not football! thanks for reading.

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      Mary Wickison 

      19 months ago from Brazil

      Nell, I never knew all of this about St. George, very interesting.

      However, I do have to disagree with you on one point you made. Where you say the English look to the future... Hmm.

      I got so sick and tired of hearing about the 66 World Cup, or Maradona's Hand of God, I was praying England would win just so they could change the record!

      I must say, I miss the quaintness and quirkiness of England.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Thanks mary, lol! well maybe its just me, but its mainly because I don't like Scots being named Scots, Irish being Irish and so on, but English being called Brits, we prefer the word English, or is it just me? thanks as always, nell

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      This is a very interesting Hub full of great history. I never knew you folks don't like to be called British; I'll remember that.

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi DDE, so glad you liked it and thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi Harish, thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed reading it, yes the actual sign of the Red Cross around the world always shows that medical services are on their way to help, I hope you have a wonderful day, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Aw thank you Vellur! that's really kind of you to say, glad you liked it, and thanks

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks george, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks Audrey, you would be very welcome! come on over! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      St George's Day is an important day in Croatia and is also the name of my husband so we celebrate this day but have learned more from you about the 23rd April.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      What a wonderful peek into the past ! Though the symbol of Red Cross is so popular being associated with International Red Cross Society and also a symbol of ambulance services in all over the world, the information about great person like St. George was new to me and that Red Cross works like a very effective charm against dreaded diseases is a very interesting bit. Nell, what you hold about the English people is also entirely true and they are known for their values, principles and discipline in all over the world, there is no doubt about that. I was also amazed to know about the difference between " the British and " the English ". To me, "the English " is a more empathetic and lovely term being associated with a great language which is a powerful and the most popular lingua Franca of the International Community. Nell, this hub is very interesting and informative. I loved to go through it and remained glued to it throughout and read it one go. Voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Great history lesson! I have learned a lot today. You are a wonderful English woman. Great hub voted up.

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      4 years ago from India

      Really useful Hub Nell. Was not at all aware about these interesting facts about St. George's day.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Nell - What a terrific history lesson. St George is greatness at its best. Enjoyed learning about him. England is a place I would just love to visit and stay about 3 months. And would love to drop by your place and have tea. ~ Audrey

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi pras, thanks so much! I love hubpages too, and its great to meet so many people from different cultures, and thank you for the vote too, have a great weekend! nell

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      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I had never heard about St. Georges Day. Nice hub and very informative. I am proud to be a member of Hubpages where I can see different culture from all over the world. Thanks for presenting a beautiful hub like this one. Good job and voted up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting). Cheers :-)


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Marsei, that's great! I hope he is having a great time, and thanks for showing him, I hope he liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi 2 pats, that's it exactly, we should all get out and play our part, sadly these days not many people do, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi sandra, Yes I love England so I got my little flag and posted it in the window! lol! it was only a small thing, but I am keeping it there! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi John, haha! sounds like a great idea! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Lilleyth, thanks so much, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Sue Pratt 

      6 years ago from New Orleans

      I thorougly enjoyed this hub. My son moved to England last fall to teach and I like hearing about anything that involves his new home. I sent this on to him.

      You work is always beautifully and professionally done.


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      6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This is an interesting and well put together Hub. We live in England, and think it is sad that few people seem to mark St George's Day.

      One of us (Pat) used to live in Wales, where there is far more celebration of St David's Day.

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      Sandra Busby 

      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Love it. I'm not English, but I like to see everybody show their gratitude and pride for their own country. (And, of course, my ancestors came from somewhere in the British Isles.) Thanks, again.

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      John Roberts 

      6 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Finally, some patriotism! For Saint George's day, I'm going to Denmark to slay dragons and listen to Manowar's "Hail to England", sung by two English Metal bands, Judas Priest and Motorhead!

      Voted up, awesome, interesting and useful!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Another terrific Hub by Nell!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Movie, yes its so stupid that we don't have a day off to celebrate St. Georges day, the Irish take their patron Saints day off, and of course it was Shakespeares birthday too, shame on us! lol!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, beth, Yep he was a Turk born and raised! lol! But a great man who fought the Romans and good on him! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Alicia, so glad you liked it, its sad that many people over here don't celebrate it, it's a strange thing we always celebrate St. Patricks day but Englands! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, alocsin, thanks for reading, Yes St. George is all over the World, something I never knew as I was growing up, thought he was just ours! lol!

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell, a belated happy St George's day!

      I agree with Jools we should have a days holiday to celebrate our Saint's day!

      A wonderful hub,I thoroughly enjoyed reading and have learnt a lot too!

      Voted up

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Beth Perry 

      6 years ago from Tennesee

      Nell, this was a very interesting Hub. And I didn't realize St. George was born in Turkey!

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the enjoyable and interesting history lesson and for the information about St. George, Nell! I always remember his festival day, even though I haven’t lived in Britain for a long time.

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      St. George is a common motif in the artwork of many European countries.

      I think you can also the invention of the USA to the English ;)

      Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Rosemay, lol! yes that's so true! British is all of us, but theres only the English that like good old St. George! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A belated happy St georges day Nell.

      My Nan used to say 'Anyone can be British but only an Englishman can be English' And I guess that is right anyone immigrating takes out British citizenship, not English, Irish, Welsh or Scttish.

      Great interesting hub

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, tillsontitan, no not many Saints can, mind you St. George was all over the place including Russia and Turkey! goodness knows how he got around like that! haha! And thank you so muc for your lovely words, made me smile a huge smile now! lol!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Martie, yes amazing isn't about the Romans, they killed millions of people in the name of Christianity and then converted! That's just how history goes I suppose. The boer war was another senseless war, but the brits back then felt the need to do Victorias bidding so that's what happened, horrible though. The reason why I don't like being called British, is that most people get muddled up between british and English. For example on the forums one day someone made the comment: I love the Scots Irish and Welsh but hate the British! Duh! The brits are English Scottish welsh and Irish! haha! so to be called british when they are talking about England drives me to insanity! its rather like someone saying, I don't like that person who comes from Europe but I love the French! lol! but if the context is right then I like the word british, its just how people get it muddled. thanks for reading Martie, cheers nell

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Our beloved St. George is not only venerated by Christians but Muslims as well...not something many saints can boast of. I had a nun in high school who's name was Sr. Mary George after this great saint and she was a doll!

      England has much to be proud of, mostly it's lovely people but most especially Nell Rose - a great person and a great writer. Loved this piece. Voted up.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      ... and is it not the greatest irony in human history - The Romans as leaders of the Catholic Church?

      I love England's history in spite of the tragedies that were caused by the English in the history of my country.

      I never knew you hate to be called British, Nell. Why?

      Regarding St. George - He must have been a very busy saint and who knows, maybe he still is.

      Interesting and excellent hub, thank you, Nell :)

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Alastar, lol! not the beer? why not? we keep it at room temperature, add a bit of warm water and it tastes divine! haha! I know just what you mean! yuck! thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, old ts albion, it is lovely isn't it? such a great smile from her Knight in shining armour! lol! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Jackie, I totally understand what you mean, I love the idea of the Princess and the Queen, just not a few of the others on the 'edges' of the royalty! yes Diana was amazing, I loved meeting her. She definitely was something special, saying that I like having a friend across the pond! lol! or should I say friends, I still can't believe that I talk to someone from the Country that I always wanted to visit! thanks as always, nell

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Whats so great about England? Everything! Your country or rather Great Britain is my personal favorite historical place right up there with the U.S. Not only the long history and what Englands given to the world like what you pointed out Nell, but the music and people as well. Not krazy about the warm beer but that's okay lol. Here's one for St. George- Cheers!

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      Graham Lee 

      6 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Nell. A smashing lighthearted and informative hub. You are right about the photograph. I smiled before I read your comment on it. Well done.


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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I feel sort of a magical thing for England and I suppose that is because of the royals even if I don't care for them all, it is just the little girl in me I suppose than can always believe in a Princess and know they are real. I hope I live to see England give us another one. It is especially nice too to have a friend from England that actually met spoke with the Princess of my lifetime. :)

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, suzette, thanks for reading. The Goerge and Dragon sounds just like the type of restaurant I love. Especially if is in the style of a ship. We have a pub similar to this here in my town. Love the idea of St. George being looked at in the loo, or john! haha! thanks again, nell

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love this piece, Nell. I have always loved the English people - they are the friendliest and kindest I have met in the world. I love the St. George stories and I have a brass rubbing of St. George and the Dragon in my house. (In the bathroom, but it is really cool to look at when you are on "the john.") Also, we have a wonderful restaurant here in Naples, FL, called St. George and the Dragon, but the inside is decorated like an old English ship with all this beautiful, dark wood. I'm not sure what the ship has to do with St. George, but the restaurant is cool and the food is great. I didn't know April 23 was St. George Day in England, but I'm glad I know. I did know, however, that St. George is the patron saint of England.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Jools, I know! its so not fair, not only for good old St. George but Shakespeare too! what do we have to do to get a day of? lol! thanks for the vote and reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, John, haha! so true, thanks so much and Happy St. Georges Day!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, CMHypno, Happy St. Georges Day! yeah! lol! Cecil Rhodes was right, you can't get better than England! (waving my flag!) Yes its just our way to keep on taking the micky out of the French! haha! but we don't really mean it, and lets face it, everbody else is always moaning about the English so its fair! hee hee! as for the rest yes the old jokes were the best, in fact my best friend is Scottish she hails from the good old Shetlands! yeah! thanks so much as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Bretsuki, yes its Shakespeares birthday today too! Its the other way around about the French Scots etc, we get on with everybody, but the Scots keep on and on about Culloden blah blah horrible English, etc, in fact, I am writing a hub now about the TRUTH about who invaded what, when and how, hope you read it, you will be so surprised! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, LeanMan, that sounds great! Wish I could have been there, I would have jousted with the best of them! lol! I have seen Mummers, in fact I mentioned them in another hub I have written, thanks for reading, and Happy St. Georges day!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Trish, lol! yep the good old weather! and yes I agree, we are really lucky to have the type of weather, and countryside that is just right, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Mazzy, haha! that's a great idea! who shall we have? yes jack daniels! lol! I think its not so much that the English put themselves down, I think its that other people put us down, for example the government, on the One Show tonight they asked what do you think of the English flag, is it racist??!! and someone said yes!! just because we have a lot of foreign people over here, who don't care, lets face it, the government want us to believe that it offends the foriegners!! what an insult to the English and the Foreign people! so I stand and shout I Love England! lol!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Happy St George's Day Nell and Happy Shakespeare's Birthday as well - shame us English don't all get a day off on our Saint's day, I could fancy that!

      Voted up!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Its also Shakespeares birthday today! but I never take any notice of that, I think he is sooo overated! haha! thanks as always JamaGenee

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      That's us English, we talk a bunch of s'''t but its funny as well! lol! thanks for reading A.A.!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, robie, yes he was a busy man, as well as slaying dragons, he got to travel, sounds like a great job description to me! lol! thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, audra, sounds like a great trip! I haven't been to the Tower for years, must get up there again, thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Haha! I can just imagine someone yelling, I got the plague get me a St. George cross! thanks for reading charmike, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, Deborah, thanks so much, and Happy St. Georges day!

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      John MacNab 

      6 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Sigh! So much for 'Britons never will be slaves' - but then it was written by a Scot. I'll correct it to read 'The English never will be slaves, but are nice about it.'

      Happy St. George's Day, Nell.

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      6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Happy St George's Day Nell! To quote Cecil Rhodes 'to be born an Englishman (woman)is to win first prize in God's lottery'. I have to agree with Bretsuki though about grudges, as I have in my possession a very entertaining book called '1,000 Years of Annoying the French', though I think that the old English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh jokes are very much tongue in cheek and fairly good humoured ribbing, rather than anything to be taken too seriously.

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      William Elliott 

      6 years ago from California USA

      Hello Nell, Great hub for St. Georges day.

      Didn't Shakespeare have his birthday today too?

      Not certain about the not holding grudges bit? This Englishman, according to my wife, cannot forget any irritation caused by the French, Scots, neighbours, anyone. LOL

      Voted Up and interesting

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      6 years ago from At the Gemba

      Hi Nell, great hub.. I used to be part of a group out in the fens that dug up an old (at least 250 years old from the history that we could find) Mummers play that we used to put on every year to raise money for charity. The play was about good ole King George fighting the Devil rather than a dragon. We used to spend a couple of weekends touring bars and events each year putting on the play much as the original mummers would have done hundreds of years ago.

      Mummers were a bit like Morris dancers but would act rather than dance..

      We loved our King George play but I don't think we ever once played it straight or the same twice...

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      Tricia Mason 

      6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      Happy st George's Day.

      I have to say, I have always considered myself rather lucky to be English. The weather might be a bit iffy, but at least it gives us something to talk about :)

      And, on a serious note, we don't get the dangerous levels of drought or flood that cause hardship in so many other countries.

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      Mazzy Bolero 

      6 years ago from the U.K.

      The Irish get to have parades on St Patrick's Day, party and get drunk. St George's Day is just a normal day - that's not fair! Maybe we should fire St George as we did with poor old Edmund and elect someone who would be more fun. Maybe Jack Daniels. Or Colonel Sanders - we could have fried chicken parties :) Seriously, it's nice to see an English person being really positive about England - the English seem to spend so much time putting themselves down.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      If Scotland does separate, it might be good for England to make St George's day a public holiday. Then the English can get back some of their national pride.

      Thanks Nell for a very interesting and timely hub.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Nell, Happy St George's Day! Like robie2, I had no idea St. George was such a busy guy!

      If memory serves, Shakespeare's birthday is coming up, or did I miss it already?

      Voted up, awesome and beautiful! ;D

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I have a friend at work named Steve Sykes, we talk a bunch of shite. One of the coolest guys in the world. Awesome hub!

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      Roberta Kyle 

      6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Well, happy St. George's Day Nell Rose and thanks for a delightful romp through the history of your patron saint-- whew I knew St. George was the patron saint of England, but I had no idea that he was so busy with all those other places as well:-)

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      6 years ago


      I am glad you wrote this

      it brings back memories of my visit to see my siter when she was living in Islington. I got to see The Tower Of London and Buckingham palace...very cool!

      Very well done! Voted up!

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      Michael Kromwyk 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I really enjoy reading history and your hub is no exception. I knew about the links of St George to England and Georgia but had no idea about the links to Greece, Ethiopia, Palestine, Portugal, Russia, and Canada.

      If I ever contract leprosy or the plague I'll make sure that I get a St George cross as well!! Thanks for sharing. Cheers Michael

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have to admit everyone I have met on the hub that is from England are some of the nicest people I have ever met...and I love reading this hub. I love the history of England... and Happy St. George's day.


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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, fpher, yes he got the boot! lol! the other names for the English are okay because they mean the English, but when someone says Brit, its like, for example, 'I visited Scotland Wales Ireland and Britain,' it is wrong because Britain is all of those put together, in other words Britain IS Scotland wales ireland and England. it misses out England. its like if I called Americans Canadians! lol! as in a conversation, 'I love Canada, especially Ohio! see? haha! thanks so much for reading, I am glad you liked it, nell

      be back tomorrow, its 2 am now, of to bed! lol!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell Rose... I thank you dear ENGLISH lady friend, for this wonderful lesson in History and tale of St. George. Although, I must admit, I'm feeling badly for Edmund having gotten the boot! That wasn't very nice! lol

      So, if I understand you correctly, all of those handles that people give you are OK...except for "British." I need to know why that is, Nell Rose.?..please tell me!

      I could read stories like this for hours upon hours. This is great!! UP +++

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, molly, and Happy St. George to you too, and thanks so much for reading, I hope you get to see England one of these days, there are some really awesome places to visit, thanks

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Thanks DzyM, and for being so quick! lol! I agree with you, a lot of myths are based on fact, and in this case maybe he did slay a dragon, or maybe a roman! lol! thanks so much nell

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      This is a fun hub. I love these old stories and hope to see England myself one day. Happy St. George's Day, Nell.

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Fascinating, Nell! Thanks for sharing this bit of history. I believe you are right about the "dragon in his cave" being a metaphor for standing up for one's convictions. There are many such analogies in folklore. What is interesting about legend and myth, is that much of it has a basis in fact.

      Voted up, interesting, and shared.


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