Description"Ancient storytellers told legends of an Eastern city called Salem where a terrifying dragon lived in a swamp nearby. The dragon demanded a daily tribute of sheep and cattle. Soon, after exhausting these food supplies, the dragon demanded the sacrifice of two children a day. A lottery system was devised to pick the victims. Cleodolinda, the daughter of the King, was chosen for that day's sacrifice. As Cleodolinda was sadly proceeding to her doom, along came the knight George. Seeing the dragon about to gulp down the lovely princess, George promised the citizens deliverance from their troubles. After making the sign of the cross, he transfixed the dragon with his lance and wounded it with his magic sword Ascalon. George then had the princess bind the beast with her girdle. The dragon then became docile and tame, and followed the princess and George back to the city. There in the market square, George killed the dragon with his lance. As George was killing the dragon, he told the city citizens that this act was to show the power of God. Not only was the princess saved and the city relieved, but the people gave up their idols and accepted Christianity. George was said to have married the princess and lived happily ever after." Today is St George's day because the feast was transferred this year from 23 April, as it was Holy Saturday. Detail of a window in the church of St John the Baptist in Newcastle.
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