When thinking which image to post to mark St George' day, and to celebrate the idea of the Christian so conformed to Christ that he Christian so conformed to Christ that he beats down evil in the flesh, it occurred to me to use the spectacular statue of St George and the Dragon in the Storkyran in Stockholm, which is usually attributed to Bernt Notke, and dated to 1489.
First recorded in 1279 and was for nearly four hundred years the only parish church in the city. Because of its convenient size and its proximity to the royal residence it has frequently been the site of major events in Swedish history, such as coronations, royal weddings and royal funerals.
The most famous of its treasures is the dramatic wooden statue of St George and the Dragon attributed to Notke. It is said to have been commissioned to commemorate the Battle of Brunkeberg (1471), and also serves as a reliquary containing relics supposedly of St George and two other saints.
There is more about the history of the statue, including alternative ideas as to its inspiration and creation in a series of linked pages which can be viewed from here and questions many modern explanations of the statue
The statue which survived due to the more tolerant attitide of the Swedish reformers towards images and perhaps also becaus eof its patriotic associations with the battle of 1471 is an indication of what may once have decorated other churches across Europe in the later medieval period
Image:arthistory390 on Flickr