Saturday, March 21, 2009

St George, Ballsbridge Knight

Another detail from St Bartholomew's Church, Ballsbridge. From the time of the middle ages, knights signified chivalry. Knights were always about doing service. Never the master and always the servant, they fought good causes in a spiritual fashion. St George himself is characterised here as the warrior on the horse and of course the legend of the slaying of the dragon comes to mind. It is likely that St George had a more or less normal military career for the time. He was generally depicted as a soldier and the dragon theme resulted from romanticisation following the return of the crusades from the middle east - hence the white horse behind him in the image. But his execution at the hands of Diocletian earned him Christian martyrdom. I prefer to think of him as the heroic figure in shining armour who wanted to make the world a better place. He is not merely the man who one might wish to become in life but also the one who is good to have around.