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George, Saint

     
George, Saint
(?-303 AD) the patron saint of England. He was born in eastern Asia Minor, became a soldier in the Roman army, and was officially killed in Palestine because of his Christian beliefs. In many stories and pictures he is shown as saving the life of a woman by killing a dragon (=an imaginary large animal that breathes fire). St George's Day, 23rd April, is celebrated as the English national day.

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