Friday, November 20, 2020

Happy St Edmund's Day ;-)

20 November 869 AD was the day King Edmund of East Anglia was killed by Danish invaders. He became the patron saint of England, but was replaced by St George in the fourteenth century because Edward III wanted to be more involved with Europe. Two centuries earlier, Richard I had been one of many Europeans uniting around St George, as they defended Europe during the Crusades. It is therefore a tad ironic that English nationalists are so fond of the flag of St George. But this is the Irony Age.

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