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Saint George,

town (1991 pop. 1,648), on St. George's Island, Bermuda. It was the capital of Bermuda until 1815, when it was replaced by HamiltonHamilton,
city (1990 est. pop. 3,100), capital of Bermuda, on Bermuda Island. It is a port at the head of Great Sound, a huge lagoon and deepwater harbor protected by coral reefs. The city is the focus of Bermuda's commercial and social life and is a major tourist resort.
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. During the American Civil War it harbored Confederate blockade-runners.

George, Saint,

4th cent.?, perhaps a soldier in the imperial army who died for the faith in Asia Minor. His life is cloaked in legends; Gibbon's identification of him with George of Cappadocia is false. George is one of the great saints of the Eastern Church and the ancient patron of soldiers. A vision of St. George at the seige of Antioch during the First Crusade is said to have preceded the defeat of the Saracens and the fall of the city to the crusaders. Richard I placed himself and his army under the protection of St. George during the Third Crusade. He became the patron of England in the late Middle Ages. In old plays and in art St. George is the slayer of the dragon; The Golden Legend did much for the extension of the tale. The Red Cross Knight of Edmund Spenser's Faërie Queene is St. George and stands for the Church of England. St. George's Cross is red, and it appears in the Union Jack. Feast: Apr. 23.


See A. Barclay, Life of St. George, ed. by W. Nelson (1955, repr. 1960).

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George, Saint


a saint of the Christian religion. Church legend tells of his execution (c. 303) in Nicomedia (now the city of Ismit, Turkey) during Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians in the Roman Empire and of his miracles, including his victory over a dragon. At first considered the protector of agriculture, St. George later became an object of cult-worship by European feudal lords as patron saint of knighthood. In ancient Rus’, George was frequently depicted on princely seals and coins, and in tsarist Russia, on the state seal.

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Top ten: Sir Winston Churchill, 30 per cent; Saint George, 21 per cent; Lord Nelson, 10 per cent; William Shakespeare, eight per cent; Robin Hood, four per cent; Bobby Moore, four per cent; Queen Victoria, three per cent; Sir Isaac Newton, two per cent; Henry VIII, two per cent; Charles Dickens, one per cent.
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Yet, despite his accomplishments, Saint George still had black blood coursing through his veins--and no one was going to let him forget it.
England and Saint George!" (3.1.34), but while the play stresses George's saintly patronage over the Harfleur battlefield, Saint George is not mentioned on the eve of the more momentous Agincourt battle.
In the Middle Ages, when plays were still performed in churches, the life of Saint George was a popular dramatic subject.
Margaret Wade Labarge in Henry V: The Cautious Conqueror (1975) says that one of the chronicles reported that the French soldiers could see Saint George above the English forces.(2) James Hamilton Wylie, in his three volume The Reign of Henry the Fifth (1919), reminding England of saints to whom the nation owed praise for the victory, writes, `Next God she must thank her patron saints Our Lady and St.