There is a Christian legend that takes place in the 3rd century in a town called Silene, in Libya. A young princess was waiting alone, outside of town, to be sacrificed to a dragon. This dragon was a ferocious creature covered in green scales and threatening to destroy the town if they didn’t deliver food in the form of humans and sheep. St. George happened to be riding along on his horse that day and spotted the princess. He asked her what she was doing all by herself. As the princess explained her predicament, she told him to run away before the dragon appeared, otherwise they would both be eaten. St. George refused, and as the dragon came into view, he wounded the beast in the name of Jesus Christ. The two of them drug the meek dragon into the town and the residents looked on in curiosity and fear. In the name of God, St. George took his sword and killed the beast. The townspeople, thankful and impressed, were then baptized in the name of God. The King was so grateful he set up a church called Our Lady and Saint George, and within the church sprung up a fountain of water that miraculously healed the sick.
This Victorian silver ring was handcrafted in England around 1890. It features the image of St. George heroically slaying the dragon. The ring face measures 17.6 mm north to south, 13 mm across, and 2 mm off the finger. The band width narrows to 1.4 mm at the back. This ring bears no marks and has been acid tested. It’s a size 6.25 and it weighs 2.4 grams.
Most of what we know of St. George is myth, although he is the Patron Saint of England. His legend embodies the ideas of honor and gallantry that many Brits hold dear.
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