It was committed to writing in the late sixteenth century
and was penned by Richard Johnson,
a fabulist possibly most famous for writing the ‘Fairy Stories’
Tom Thumb and Dick Whittington’s Cat.
In it St George takes his place amongst six other
‘Champions of Christendom’, to wit,
St Denis, St James, St Anthony, St Andrew,
St Patrick and St David,
who are the patron saints of France, Spain, Italy,
Scotland, Ireland and Wales respectively.
Johnson’s ‘history’ makes knights-errant of the Christian saints
and given that it was written during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I
clearly seeks to set the new Anglicanism on equal footing with Catholicism.
St George seems also to be cast in a distinctly ‘Arthurian Light’.
But leaving the politics to one side this ‘famous history’
of St George is also pertinent for
more salient psychological reasons…