St George

There are no historical records of St. George’s life, except that he was a soldier originally from Cappadocia, martyred under Diocletian. The stories that concern him are therefore the result of Medieval elaborations, which gradually enriched themselves with details. The traditional iconography of St. George is linked to his most famous miracle, that of the killing of the dragon. The episode is known: to keep away a monster that infested the Libyan city of Selem, the inhabitants draw random young victims to feed him; when the sacrifice reached the king’s daughter, Saint George appeared on horseback killing the dragon.