ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON - There are several conflicting stories behind St. George and his awful fight with a dragon.
One speaks of St. George as one who was endowed at birth with three marks on his body. One was that of a dragon which was
inscribed on his chest. This was undoubtedly taken as an omen, and so it proved to be.
St. George grew older and took the time to learn the art of fighting. After several battles against the Saracens of Syria,
he traveled into Libya where a dragon was known to live near the town of Sylene. This particular dragon required the sacrifice
of a virgin every single day. On the day of St. George's arrival the kings daughter, Sabra, was to be the next victim. St.
George, with all appropriate pomp and valor accompanied the princess to the dragons home. It is here that many stories deviate,
but one tells of how St. George captures the huge dragon as it rises out of the mire and attaches its head to Sabra's girdle.
The princess then brings the living dragon back into the town where all the inhabitants exact their vengeance upon him. St.
George is truly the princess Sabra's knight in shining armor.
Martin Schongauer - Churches and chapels dedicated to St. Michael
are often found on the summits of high points in the landscape. A line of such hill-top shrines dedicated to St. Michael,
or to other dragon-killing saints, such as St. George and St. Margaret, runs across southern England from the north-east to
St. Michael's Mount near Land's End in Cornwall.
Beowulf - Beowulf the famous danish king, was forced to become a dragon
when a local was aroused to fury by a theft of a cup from it's hoard. Unable to pacify the dragon, Beowulf decided
to face it alone in order to save his subjects. Badly bitten and burned, he would have failed had not his faithful
servent wiglaf stabbed the dragon, enabling Beo\wulf to finally dispatch it, although mortally wounded his self.