Saint George as a symbol of English identity

Diarmaid MacCulloch sets out to explore the idea of Englishness, and approaches this by investigating the life of Saint George, known by the English as their patron saint. It shows how history reveals that Saint George was born in what is now known as Turkey, became a soldier in the Roman army and was eventually killed because he objected to the persecution of the Christians. Saint George is respected not only by the English, but by Christians in Israel, Greece and Russia and also by Muslims.

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