Saturday, April 23, 2011

For England, St George

…and the mighty Fairlop Oak. I might be in there, or I might not…..

Happy Easter Bunnies everybody peeps. Have an eggsellent weekend.


  1. .......and anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in 1616.

  2. The first Saint with a claim to be "England's" Patron Saint was St. Alban, a Romano-Briton. According to Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, I.vii and xviii, Alban was a pagan living at Verulamium (now St Albans), who converted to Christianity, and was executed by decapitation on a hill above the Roman settlement of Verulamium. St Albans Abbey was later founded near this site.

    The Anglo-Saxons had St. Edmund as the "Patron Saint" of the English (Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk is named after him). Following the Norman invasion in 1066, aspects of English culture were suppressed and, for a time the Patron Saint of the Norman "province" of England was St. Michael the Archangel.
    Gradually, towards the end of the Norman Dynasty, King Henry I had adopted St. Edward the Confessor as Patron Saint - King Edward having been involved in the deal with the Pope that had given the English Crown to William of Normandy. Meanwhile the Saxon peasants continued to secretly revere St. Edmund as "their" Saint.

    During the Crusades, the English Army began to adopt St. George, as he was the Patron Saint of Soldiers, and Crusaders wore the Red Cross as his emblem.

    On 23 April 1344 King Edward III founded The Order of the Garter, a "a society, fellowship and college of knights" which was dedicated to St George and which sought (and still does to this day!) to uphold the virtues embodied by St George.
    Partly to unite the nation, St. George was gradually being adopted to settle the "feud" between the Saxon English (St. Edmund) and the Normans and their French successors (St. Edward the Confessor).

    In 1415 the victory of the English army at the Battle of Agincourt marked the adoption of St George as England's Patron Saint.

  3. It reminds me of the age old railway joke - if St George is for England, St David for Wales, St Andrew for Scotland and St Patrick for Ireland what is St Erth for ?

    yup, St Ives