Wednesday, October 15, 2014


When writing about dragons, you'd think there'd be little to research, but I'm finding myself looking at so many things. I found out that St George's sword was called Ascalon and that he was around about 800 years ago - depending on which source you look at! Did you know? - 'Traditionally, the sword with which St. George slew the dragon was called Ascalon, a name recalling the city of Ashkelon, Israel. From this tradition, the name Ascalon was used by Winston Churchill for his personal aircraft during World War II, since St. George is the Patron Saint of England.'

This is one of my favourite paintings by Edward Burne-Jones

One of the seven studies for the painting
Edward Burne-Jones, ‘The Legend of St George and the Dragon, VI: St George Kills the Dragon’, 1866

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