Saint George is the Patron Saint of soldiers, boy scouts, cavellry, chivalry, farmers, field workers, butchers, horses, riders, saddlers, sufferers of leprosy, plague and syphilis, and archers.
He is also the patron of England, Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice.
The Legend of George and the Dragon
Saint George is most famous for his legendary slaying of a dragon. This legend reached the height of its fame in 1265 when James of Voraigne's Legenda Aurea or The Golden Legend was published. The legend tells that a dragon living near a lake in Libya ate two sheep from the local villages each day. If sheep were not available the village drew lots to decide which two young women to send in the place of sheep. Many armies had tried and failed to slay the dragon. Saint George rode through the town and vowed to stop another maiden being sent to her death. He made the sign of the cross then went to slay the dragon with a single blow. After killing the dragon he spoke at length to the villagers converting them to Christianity. The reward he received for slaying the dragon he gave to the poor of the village.